ADNE Election News

The 10th Annual Synod of the Anglican Diocese in New England (ADNE) elected the Rev. Andrew Williams to be the next Bishop of the diocese on Saturday, November 17, 2018. 

Prior to his election, Rev. Williams served as pastor of Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT. He began his professional life as a lawyer in the United Kingdom.  From 1989-1998, he was a corporate litigator specializing in defending law suits brought against the legal profession. Despite a successful career, it was during this time that he began to sense that something significant was missing in his life, and much to the surprise of Rev. Williams and his wife, Elena, they found themselves drawn into something far deeper, and ultimately came to a living faith in God through the love, support and friendship of their Anglican Parish. A time of discernment followed, and after much prayer and strong encouragement from those who knew him, he resigned from his law firm and began training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol. He graduated with an honors degree in theology and was ordained in the Diocese of Exeter in 2000. Drew spent six years as Associate Vicar of St. Andrew’s, Chorleywood, a vibrant suburban congregation just outside London. Prior to coming to Chorleywood, he served a congregation in the southwest of England.  Since October 2009, the Rev. Andrew Williams has been the Senior Pastor of Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, with an area of focus in developing and overseeing a new outreach strategy through the creation and support of Mission Shaped Communities (MSC’s). These communities are led by lay-persons and have broadened and multiplied the ministry of his congregations, leading to significant growth in depth and multiplication in numbers.

On January 10, 2019, after prayerful consideration and deliberation, the Anglican Church in North America’s College of Bishops consented to the election of the Rev. Andrew Williams as the next bishop for the ADNE. Williams is set to be consecrated on March 16, 2019 as the successor to the Rt. Rev. William Murdoch who has served as the diocesan bishop since its founding in 2008.

The consecration service of the new bishop will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11AM at Holy Family Parish (2 School St. Amesbury, MA). Here are a few things you’ll need to know:

1) VENUE CHANGE:

Due to the high number of the responses for attendees, we will be having the consecration service at Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish (2 School St. Amesbury, MA). It is only a block away and a few minutes walk from All Saints Anglican Cathedral. The reception will remain at All Saints after the service.

2) PARKING:

Parking is limited, so please note the following to help us out with the parking process (a map of the area can be found below):

  • Park at All Saints Anglican Cathedral (6 Allens Ct Amesbury MA) and walk over to Holy Family Parish. After the service, all guests attending the reception will return to ASAC for the reception.
  • If ASAC is full, there is overflow parking at Sparhawk School in Amesbury, MA. The address is 4 Noel St. Amesbury, MA (right off of Main St. by the Amesbury Post Office). It’s within walking distance to Holy Family. Shuttles will also be running for those who need it. Clergy have been asked to park here, in order to leave room at ASAC for our guests.
  • If you’re ONLY attending the service and NOT the reception, please park at Holy Family Parish. The Holy Family Parish parking lot must be vacated by 2:30 PM, therefore, it is not conducive for those who are planning to attend the reception.

3) VESTING FOR CLERGY

Clergy are welcome to process with us! Vesting is cassock, surplice and tippet for priests (alb and red stole if that is not available); alb and red stole for deacons. Those vesting will be meeting at All Saints Anglican Cathedral and vesting in the sanctuary at 8:30 AM.

Visiting Clergy from other dioceses are also welcome to vest and process with us.