The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of Good Shepherd are delighted to announce that Fr. Michael Bousquet has answered our call to join the clergy ministry of Good Shepherd.
Fr. Michael will begin as Assistant to the Rector for the rest of the calendar year and will become Associate Rector for Christian Education beginning January 1, 2021.
The Reverend Michael Bousquet (Boo-skey) previously served as the associate rector at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Barnstable, until June 2017, when his family moved to Zürich, Switzerland, for a career opportunity. Since returning to Boston, he has partnered with parishes in the diocese undergoing clergy transitions, providing pastoral and priestly ministry. Since February of this year, he has served as a supply priest at the Parish of Saint Paul in Newton Highlands.
Fr. Michael began ordained ministry serving as the neuroscience staff chaplain and the psychiatric resident chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital for three years. Before ordination, he had a career in non-profit development/ fundraising and partnered with numerous organizations, including the Diocese of Massachusetts and the monastic Society of Saint John the Evangelist in executing their respective capital campaigns.
He holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, where he was the Alfred K. Priest endowed fellow, and earned an A.B. in Chemistry and Philosophy (with high honors) from Dartmouth College. He and his husband, David, have a two-year-old son, Elio, and live less than a mile from Good Shepherd, one house over the village boundary of Waban, in West Newton. Michael is originally from coastal Virginia and came to New England to study at Dartmouth. David is originally from Southern California and came to Boston to study at Harvard. (Elio is originally from Waban and will commence his journey to Dartmouth, Harvard, or elsewhere, at Zervas Elementary.)
After reviewing Michael's materials, getting to know him, and recognizing in him a natural fit for our parish, the Rector, Wardens, and Vestry voted unanimously to extend this call. We give thanks to God for the beginning of this new ministry. Please welcome Fr. Michael to Good Shepherd, either in person or via e-mail. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org during the remainder of this calendar year, and beginning January 1st at email@example.com.
Pictured at left-- Fr. Michael and some of the youth of St. Mary's, Barnstable, stuffed 1,000 eggs for the 2017 Easter Egg Hunt.
Pictured at right-- Michael, David, and Elio
Dear friends, I am delighted to announce Fr. Michael will join our work at Good Shepherd, beginning immediately in a limited capacity, and taking on a fuller role in the new year.
I recognized in him immediately an intellect, faith, and love of liturgy and Christian formation that struck me as as a very good fit for the ministries and sensibilities of our parish. I believe he will be a fine priest and teacher for our parish, and you will love getting to know him. He is already our neighbor, and balances the Angier- Zervas dynamic in our pastoral leadership(!).
The journey of the past year has not been a simple one, though I remain grateful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support Good Shepherd has shown in the past months, both for the ministries within our parish and the work we do in the larger community. As we look to the future together, welcoming a new Associate Rector ensures we are able to continue the core ministries of Good Shepherd, and to continue doing them well.
I am grateful to Lurie Kimmerle who has worked diligently in Christian education this fall. Her original agreement was to be with our parish through December, and she will continue to honor that and help us through the transition. I am hopeful she will remain a part of our Christian Ed ministry after Fr. Michael takes over its direction in the new year. Martina Stippler and the Christian Ed Committee continue to work hard to manage this transition, and we thank them for that labor of love. Finally, I am grateful to our Sr. Warden, Gillian Meek, our Junior Warden, Chris Sole, and our Vestry who have worked so hard to see us through this time of uncertainty and opportunity.
Thanks to you for all that you do for Good Shepherd. peace, Jay+
Adult Forum this Sunday
Join us on Zoom to meet Fr. Michael, welcome him to Good Shepherd, and get to know him more fully. We gather via Zoom at 11:45 am
Please sign up in advance to attend worship in person.
We are limiting the number of attendees at each worship service, far beyond the guidance issued by the Commonwealth and Diocese of Massachusetts. We can only accommodate those not registered as space and distancing allow.
The outdoor portico, which will offer ground-level access to the elevator, is now framed. Here you see the progress as well as the proud construction workers.
Click here to view Angels Ascending and Descending, a plan to achieve 100% accessibility at Good Shepherd. At a total cost of $500,000 and with a beautiful, compassionate proposal secured, your Vestry asks you to consider prayerfully your support of this plan.
We continue to receive support and pledges while construction is underway.
Frumentum-- Communion at Home for older and at-risk parishioners
Frumentum, from the Latin word meaning wheat, is an ancient practice of the church, bringing items of Holy Communion to those separated from the life of the church, so that all can receive bread and wine on Sundays simultaneously.
With the blessing of our Bishop, Good Shepherd will offer Frumentum to members of our parish who cannot attend public gatherings for the foreseeable future. Volunteers from Good Shepherd will deliver consecrated bread and wine to you, or you can pick up items at the church, keep them in your home, and receive them on Sunday mornings while taking part in our online worship.
Please contact the Rector directly to request Frumentum, by calling the parish office or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Initially we will consecrate bread and wine for delivery on Sunday, September 13, so that Communion will be available beginning Sunday, September 20. Please specify the number of people who will receive so that we can deliver enough consecrated bread and wine for approximately four Sundays. Subsequent deliveries will occur next month.
Additional information about keeping the sacrament in your home and how to receive items will be provided to those who request Frumentum.