June 27, 2024

Beloved of God–

It’s been a little over a month since my election as the next Bishop Diocesan of Massachusetts. Your outpouring of kindness, encouragement, and love has been so moving to me. While it came as no surprise, I will forever be grateful for your gracious support.

Today it was reported by the Presiding Bishop that the necessary consents from bishops and diocesan standing committees have been received, and I am, officially, Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Massachusetts. In fact, this morning at General Convention, where I have been serving as an elected representative from Indianapolis, I resigned my post in the House of Deputies to be seated in the House of Bishops. It’s a pretty heady time.

I wanted to let you know about how transition plans for me and my family are shaping up. My last Sunday at Trinity will be Sunday, August 18. You will be receiving information from others about how we will celebrate our amazing 8 years together in a separate communication. Until then, I will still be your rector, although I will be in and out a bit, as I use some vacation and personal time to prepare for the big move ahead.

Many of you are aware that our family will be divided for this first year of my new ministry with Massachusetts. The current plan is that Gregory and I will go ahead so he can become situated in a still-undetermined new school, and Liam will begin his first year of college. Ray and Grace will remain in Indianapolis for an additional year, so she can finish 8th grade at our beloved St. Richard’s. So don’t be surprised when you see them around Trinity!  It warms my heart to know that they will have another year in this amazing community.

Speaking of my heart, please know that I will carry you in it forever, no matter where God takes me. I love you.


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The Rev’d Julia E. Whitworth
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis