The Rev. Marya DeCarlen has been named the new, full-time priest in charge at All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore in Danvers. DeCarlen’s ministry with the parish begins Sunday, April 27. Her appointment comes after the church’s yearlong intensive search for leadership of the new worshipping community, which was formed by the merging of Danvers (Calvary) and Peabody (St. Paul’s) parishes. DeCarlen is currently the rector at St. James Church in Groveland, where she has served since 2003. She has a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School, and holds a baccalaureate degree in religion and philosophy from Stephens College. She has been an ordained priest since 1984.
DeCarlen succeeds the Rev. Richard T. Loring who, on Easter Sunday, will end his 15-month service as All Saints’ transitional priest. Loring will be celebrated on Sunday, May 4, with a luncheon immediately following DeCarlen’s 10 a.m. service. Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is at 46 Cherry St. in Danvers.
The Congregational Church of Topsfield will hold a celebratory worship service and a festive outdoor reception to commemorate the installation of the church’s 41st minister, the Rev. Martin J. Riekert. The installation service takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, at the church, at the intersection of Main and Washington streets at Topsfield Common. A reception will follow at the Emerson Center, 9 E. Common St. In addition to the congregation and general public, there will be United Church of Christ dignitaries, area ministers, state Rep. Brad Hill and other special guests in attendance. To help plan for the reception, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Thursday, May 1, to email@example.com, or Jan at 978-273-6295.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will host the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts’ annual Parish Historians Society meeting on Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The daylong program will focus on three centuries of change at St. Michael’s and feature presentations on liturgy, architecture, music and conservation of historic documents. Built in 1714, St. Michael’s is the second oldest Episcopal Church building in New England, and this year, the church is celebrating its 300th anniversary. The event is open to parish administrators and historians of all faiths, and interested members of the general public. The cost is $20, which includes all programs and lunch. Information and registration forms are available at www.stmichaels2014.org, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.