Monday, July 14

Help Support & Celebrate the Opening of Jonathan Daniels House

It is early July and right now nobody wants to think about the fall, but bear with us for a moment as there is some exciting news. Jonathan Daniels House is all set to open this fall with a fantastic group of interns living communally in an apartment on the west side of Providence.

Between now and then there are a few ways you
can get involved in supporting and celebrating this amazing new diocesan ministry. Here they are, please spread the word to any who may want to be involved:
  • JDH needs to furnish a 3BR apt with good-quality used furniture--everything from tables to towels to teaspoons. Contact Ann Rheault if you have an item you can donate Dropoffs will be accepted August 2-9th.
  • JDH is still accepting applications, so if you or someone you know is an interested college grad in their 20s or early 30s, apply ASAP! Think what it would mean to give a year to explore the connection between faith and social change, to live among other young adults who are also committed to community and simplicity, and grow in capacity for compassionate, courageous, and imaginative leadership.  Interested persons should email JDH Director Gillian Barr at and fill out the official application at Be sure to list Jonathan Daniels House as your program of interest. More info is available at and
  • Lastly, save the date to come celebrate the opening of JDH with an Evensong on Jonathan Daniels Day! The date is Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m and the Evensong will be held at Church of the Transfiguration in Cranston. Light refreshments will be served after the service.

Monday, June 9

3 RI Churches Stream TENS Conference

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) is offering a great opportunity to treasurers and stewardship committees this year: They are recording a webcast of their June conference called "Walking the Way" and several R.I. congregations are hosting webcast events so that clergy, treasurers, and stewardship committees can benefit from the resources.

The keynote addresses and one of each of the four workshop sessions will be available for streaming so come get inspired! Please check with church to RSVP and verify which workshops they will webcast. More info on the sessions is included below!

  • June 10th (workshops A&B) at Trinity Church in Newport 6:30 - 8:30 pm 401-846-0660
  • June 11th (workshops C&D) at Trinity Church in Newport 6:30 - 8:30 pm 401-846-0660 
  • June 14th at St. Peter's by-the-Sea in Narragansett 9 am to noon 401-783-4623 
  • June 24th (Workshops A, B & Plenary) at St. Martin's in Providence 6:30 - 9 pm 401-751-2141
  • June 25th (Workshops C&D) at St. Martin's in Providence 6:30 - 9 pm 401-751-2141
Here's what the webcast options are:

Plenary One Webcast: The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright
Penary Two Webcast: Plenary two: Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Plenary Three Webcast: The Rev. Charles Lafond
Read more about plenary speakers

Webcast Workshop Sessions:
from A: Walking the Way Annual Giving Campaign: A Path Ahead
from B: Launching a Legacy Society
from C: Faith & Possessions: Stewardship in the New Testament
from D: Communicating Stewardship Year Round

Please check with church to RSVP and verify which workshops they will webcast:

  • June 10th (workshops A&B) at Trinity Church in Newport 6:30 - 8:30 pm 401-846-0660
  • June 11th (workshops C&D) at Trinity Church in Newport 6:30 - 8:30 pm 401-846-0660 
  • June 14th at St. Peter's by-the-Sea in Narragansett 9 am to noon 401-783-4623 
  • June 24th & 25th at St. Martin's in Providence 6:30 - 9 pm 401-751-2141

Friday, May 30

Wednesday, May 28

Don't know what to do after graduation? JDH is still looking for residential interns!

Wondering what to do next?
Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly with God.

You’re invited to apply to live and serve for 10 months in Providence, RI with Jonathan Daniels House (JDH), an Episcopal Service Corps community.

As a JDH Fellow you will live together with 3 other Fellows in a house in south Providence and spend 5 days a week serving in a social service organization. House residents also commit to regular prayer and worship and study, and you will learn leadership skills and spiritual practices that you can use for the rest of your life. 

JDH is a program of the nationwide Episcopal Service Corps and is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.  It is open to anyone who has completed college, is in their 20s or early 30s, and is willing to live in Christian-based community.  Fellows receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses, and health insurance if needed.  

Applications are still being accepted for August 2014.

For more information and to apply to any Episcopal Service Corps program around the country, see    

For more information about JDH in particular,go to or contact the Rev. Gillian Barr, Director, at or 401-285-1219 . 

Tuesday, May 13

VIDEO: Bishop Knisely's "Pursuing the Mystery of Science and Faith" Homily at ERT2014

Bishop Knisely gave the homily "Pursuing the Mystery of Science and Faith" at the 2014 Ecumenical Roundtable on Science, Technology & the Church, which was held at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah in Salt Lake City.  The event included representatives from many different denominations, and was hosted by the Episcopal Network for Science, Technology and Faith.

Looking for more on this topic? Follow ENSTF on facebook or follow the roundtable twitter conversation at  #ERT2014.  You can also check out Bishop Knisely's blog or read his new full-length book on science and religion titled "Entangled States".

Friday, May 2

Entangled States; Bishop Knisely's new full-length book on science and faith

Bishop Knisely's new full-length book on science and faith, titled Entangled States, has been published and is now available in print and ebook versions at

This is exciting news! Many of you got a taste of Bishop Knisely's thoughts on this topic in his sold-out book of Lenten meditations titled Lent is not Rocket Science. Now that we have entered the Easter season, if you're looking for a more in-depth discussion of science and faith snap up a copy of Entangled States, and do it quick if you want to get your hands on a first edition.

Here's a taste of what this new book discusses, taken from the back cover:

"By telling a kind of story that got under the skin of the people who heard it, Jesus began a revolution that was to change the world. His audience couldn't get the stories out of their heads because they altered the way they saw the world.

Now, science is telling us a new story that transforms how we see ourselves. One of the fundamental insights of quantum physics is that our reality isn’t limited to our physical boundary but extends throughout time and space. This is not poetry, but the revelation of modern mathematics. It means we are all interrelated, and the things we think keep us apart are in reality illusory. We are completely entangled in each other’s lives.

The gift of being human is the recognition that just out of our grasp, there is a harmonious connectedness, so that we are all part of a piece and therefore sisters and brothers under the skin.

No matter how adamantly we insist on being divided, every now and then we can’t help but catch a glimpse of the fact we are bound together. Such a glimpse may come in the form of a spiritual experience, a sense that the universe is suffused with a divine Presence. Or it may occur in a laboratory, as a scientist discovers a connection no one has ever seen before and realizes there is a unity to reality.

Both a scientist and Episcopal bishop, Nicholas Knisely invites us to open up to the possibility that this unity might really be here, and that all of us might be able to experience it. This is why the book is called Entangled States. For we are all entangled one in another, and the human in the divine.

You can also visit Bishop Knisely's blog for his real-time thoughts on science and faith.

Rhythms of Grace at Advent, Worship for the Autistic & their Families

With creative thinking, an open ear to the Holy Spirit,  an under utilized church building, and a diocesan desire to serve the under served, a great opportunity has been presented for us to use our diocesan resources to reach out to the Autistic community and their families in RI.

Rhythms of Grace at Advent is a new worship offering using the "Rhythms of Grace" liturgical program, which was developed by the Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan and Linda L. Snyder to serve the autistic community and their families.  The program seeks to provide an alternative way to meet their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs.  While the Autistic community is the focus, the liturgy is appropriate for all people who wish to experience another expression of how we can worship God and serve God’s people.

Advent, Coventry (formerly St. Matthias) is centrally located in Rhode Island.  The property has been vacant for several years but the church’s location, ample sanctuary space, and flexible redesign potential made it an obvious place to begin this new offering.  Currently, the sanctuary is being reconfigured to host this unique and interactive worship experience.  Before and after photos will be posted on our Facebook page “Rhythms of Grace at Advent Coventry” as well as new updates as they happen. A new floor installation is planned for April 26, 2014.

The church building needs some cleaning, landscaping, painting and TLC. Several work Saturdays are being planned between now and June. Do you have skills in any of those areas? We could use your help. While much work is still required, a soft start is planned for June with a number of families, professionals, and clergy. Together this group will work through the program to ensure it has the correct balance to best serve those who God brings together to form this new community, and then a large scale opening service will be planned for September.

If you are interested in volunteering for a work Saturday or have any questions you may email the Rev. Dennis Bucco or the Rev. Deacon Mary Ann Mello. To find out more about the Liturgy “Rhythms of Grace" you can check out the website at We have been greatly inspired by the support and enthusiastic encouragement by so many people in the diocese that we are glad to be able to provide you with this update. Thank you for all you interest and prayers.
Making room for movement & installing new flooring

Wednesday, April 23

Transition in the Communications Ministry of Diocese

Our Communications Director, Ruth Meteer, has been accepted into Yale Divinity School to do a Master of Arts in Religion and Literature. After much prayerful discernment she has decided that the time is right to enroll for this fall, which means that after nearly 6 years with the Diocese of Rhode Island Ruth will be moving on to the next step in her career.
Our quarterly RISEN Magazine is an award winning publication. All but two of our churches now have websites, and most of our churches are active on social media as well. The story of all the great things happening in the Episcopal Church in RI is gaining traction church wide, and local RI media has been running near-weekly stories about our churches and programs. In a few more months we will launch our new mobile responsive website, and begin to put into action some of the work Ruth and the Digital Giving task force have done to explore mobile giving options. Ruth's role in the process that has gotten us to this point can not be overstated. We owe her a great deal of thanks.
Ruth has said
“I have never worked in an office as supportive, fun, and full of integrity as the Diocese of RI and will be very lucky ever to find such a place again. I will deeply miss every member of this staff and all of you, the wonderful people I have worked with in our churches. I want to tell you though, that I am confident your next Communications Director will be inheriting a position with all the tools they need to succeed.
This is the perfect time for a fresh set of eyes to come in and strategically maximize all that we’ve put into place over the past 6 years. The Episcopal Church in RI has an exciting future ahead, and everything necessary to share that future with the world. I know God is working in this place. Have you felt the excitement building in this diocese lately? I have! I am blessed to have been a part of it, and can’t wait to see how the Holy Spirit works here in RI the future, and in my own life as I enter this new stage.”
Our job description for Ruth’s replacement can be found on our website here. Anyone interested in the position could begin by contacting The Rev. Canon Linda Grenz. We are hoping to hire our next Communications Director over the summer months so that we can have as smooth as possible a transition in this important ministry.
While Ruth and I have only worked together for the past two years, I am grateful for her presence on my senior staff and for the creativity and wide knowledge of this evolving field that she brought to the position.
Pray with us as my office begins to discern who may be the next hire for Rhode Island!

+Nicholas Knisely
XIII Bishop of Rhode Island

Tuesday, April 22

St. Martin's, Providence calls The Rev. Mark Sutherland as Rector

The Reverend Mark Robert Sutherland has been called as the 12th Rector of St. Martin’s, Providence. Mark has been serving as Canon for Congregational Formation at Trinity Cathedral in the Diocese of Arizona, the same church where Bishop Knisely served as Dean before his election and consecration as the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island.

In an Easter Monday letter to the parish, St. Martin's Wardens Elizabeth Welshman and Sean Mulholland say "The Discernment Team voted unanimously to recommend Mark as the next Rector of St. Martin’s, and the Vestry voted unanimously to accept the decision of the Discernment Team. For St. Martin’s this announces an exciting new stage in our journey as a Christian community."

Mark is a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his family still live.  In 1977, at the age of 22, he graduated from the University of Canterbury with an LLB and, shortly thereafter, left on a Kiwi walkabout from which he never returned.

After 5 years in the UK in 1982 Mark began training for priestly ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, the Church of England’s first and oldest theological college at Oxford University. Two years later he went as an exchange student to Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. In 1985 he returned to England where on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Mark was ordained deacon in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. He was ordained priest one year later and he served for seven years in two parishes of the Diocese of London.

Early on, Mark was drawn to a ministry to those in emotional and spiritual distress.  To better serve in this ministry, he began training in psychoanalytic counseling at the University of London, eventually obtaining an M.A. in Adult and Continuing Education, as well as an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychotherapy from the University of East London. For 12 of the next 18 years, Mark directed one of the largest departments of spiritual care in the UK at the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust. The Trust included the world famous Maudsely and the Bethlem Royal (Old Bedlam) Hospitals together with community mental health facilities in South East London. He became a nationally recognized educator, speaker, and writer on the complex interface between spiritual life and emotional development.

In the spring of 2010, after a year as a chaplain resident at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Bishop Kirk Smith appointed him Canon for Congregational Formation (Canon Pastor) to Trinity Cathedral. He is also a member of the Bishop’s Commission on Ministry. In August 2012 Bishop Smith invited him to become the Interim Dean. He served as Interim Dean for the next 16 months before resuming his position as Canon Pastor after the arrival of the current Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ, in January 2014.

Mark lives in central Phoenix with his spouse, Al Marcetti, and their Cocker spaniel, Charliegirl.
Mark’s blog can be found at and his sermons are regularly posted on the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral website

Mark and his spouse Al will visit St. Martin's on Sunday, April 27th and Mark will serve as guest preacher at the 8 and 10AM services.   Following each service, parishioners will have the opportunity to hear from Mark in a parish-wide forum.

In closing their letter, St. Martin's Wardens offer their gratitude for this exciting new call by saying "We would like to thank The Rt. Rev. Bishop Nicholas Knisely, Bishop of Rhode Island, and The Rev. Canon Linda Grenz, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Rhode Island.  They were always accessible and offered valuable guidance as we arrived at our Agreement with Mark.  We would also like to thank Mark.  He discerned a call to St. Martin’s and followed it. And finally, we would like to thank the Lord, our God.  He made all of this possible."

Monday, April 21

St. Mary's Home for Children & National Child Abuse Prevention Month

We received this letter from St. Mary's Home for Children, which many of you may not know is a non-profit with Episcopal roots, for which the Bishop of RI still sits on the Board of Directors. If you are looking for a good cause to support for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Bishop Knisely suggests St. Mary's.

Dear Friend,

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to acknowledge the importance of working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote the emotional well being of children and families. With your help, St. Mary’s Home for Children provided therapeutic and educational services to 871 clients in 2013. Through our residential, out-patient, community-based and educational programs, we treat children and families from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds.

In the State of Rhode Island in 2012, RI Kids Count reported that there were 13,540 calls to the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families’ Child Protective Services Hotline reporting maltreatment of children. 6,784 of those calls resulted in complete investigations and 2,266 indicated child abuse or neglect. In our small state, too many children are being affected by abuse. Many of these children find a safe haven at St. Mary’s Home for Children.

The children we serve have experienced traumatic events. Our mission is not only to provide a safe environment for healing from these experiences, but also to help our clients lead fulfilling, meaningful lives – lives free from abuse and violence. We aspire to have a positive impact on the cycle of abuse by helping those we serve develop positive coping, social, and emotional regulation skills so that future generations will derive the benefits of healthy parenting.

We deliver a message of hope in all aspects of our work and find special value in providing those we serve with recreational, therapeutic and education experiences that treat the “whole” child. We recognize that our children have tremendous potential. Their abuse does not define them. For our efforts to be effective, we need your help. Funds raised from our friends and supporters enable us to provide the resources, services and activities that are instrumental in the children’s healing process.

Won’t you please support our programs during this significant month? Your gift will have a direct impact on a child in need.

Very truly yours,

Carlene Casciano-McCann
Executive Director

St. Mary’s Home for Children     The Shepherd Program     George N. Hunt Campus School

420 Fruit Hill Avenue     North Providence, RI  02911     401-353-3900