St. Matthew's, Worcester

Rector

Date Posted September 8, 2019
Diocese Western Massachusetts (Rich Simpson)
Location Worcester
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Urban
Compensation Diocesan Guidelines
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 5
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Average Sunday Attendance 72
Budget $191,770
Anglo-Catholic yes
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes

Strengths

St. Matthew's is in the city of Worcester, the second largest city in New England, which is experiencing a time of revitalization. It is located just across from Holy Cross College, a Jesuit University. There is a substantial Liberian population in Worcester and at St. Matthew's - both the current senior and junior warden are Liberian. The parish is racially diverse, which is seen as a strength.  The previous rector served faithfully for 21 years, followed by an exceptional interim period. The parish is ready for the next chapter and not anxious. A recent capital campaign renovated the chapel and kitchen with the intent to be more open to the wider community.

Challenges

It's an old building - beautiful in many was but more building than fits the current size of the congregation. That's not a unique challenge in New England but it is real and it creates some budgetary challenges related to upkeep.

Comments

See parish website here: https://www.stmatthewsworcester.org/

Parish brochure available there as well as community profile on OTM website.

Contact Information

Canon Rich Simpson, Transition Officer in Diocese of WMA.

rsimpson@diocesewma.org