For those of you not subscribed to AngloDeacons, I thought this news about our “missionary to Mass.” Geoff Smith might be welcome:

“The bishops of Massachusetts have appointed two deacons, the Rev. Geoffrey Smith and the Rev. Pat Zifcak, to serve as archdeacons, assisting with the formation, deployment, supervision and support of those ordained to and preparing for ordination to the diaconate in this diocese.

Our deacons and deacons in formation will greatly benefit from the experience and gifts Geof brings to Massachusetts from the dioceses of Chicago and Maine, along with Pat’s many years of faithful and wise leadership in the diocese with our deacons and many congregations. We are grateful for their willingness to serve,” Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE said in his March 24 announcement of the appointments.

The new archdeacons will be officially installed at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston on during the Holy Tuesday, April 19 service at 11 a.m.

Bravo, Geoff — this is good news for all the deacons in MA.  But does this mean we have to call you “Venerable?”