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The Reverend Allan B. Warren III, Rector

12884_612946538840157_2587200348970808533_nThe Reverend Allan Bevier Warren III has been Rector of the Church of the Advent since 1999. Born in Virginia and raised in South Carolina, Father Warren received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University where he majored in philosophy and religion. He later studied at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Fr. Warren met his late wife Polly while serving as Curate of the Church of the Transfiguration in New York. After marriage, they moved to Paris, France, where he had been appointed Canon Pastor of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (The American Cathedral). Returning to the States, Fr. Warren served as Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Newton, Massachusetts. The Warrens were first introduced to the Advent community when he was asked to become Assistant to the Rector, a position he held for three years before returning to New York as Rector of the Church of the Resurrection and Headmaster of the Resurrection Episcopal Day School on the Upper East Side. In July 1999 Fr. Warren accepted the call to become the fifteenth Rector of the Advent. He loves movies, likes to cook, and takes long bike rides when the weather permits.

The Reverend Jay C. James, Associate Rector

Father James, his wife Betsy, and their children Olivia and Sam come to The Advent after serving a twenty-five-year ministry at Saint Timothy’s Church and School in Raleigh, North Carolina.  They have been involved in the regular worship, ministry, and activities that mark life in a parish with definite catholic and evangelical history and practices.  They have also been very involved in teaching and promoting Christian education.  Father James served as both rector of Saint Timothy’s Church and the Chaplain to Saint Timothy’s parochial school, and Betsy taught in the elementary school.  Father James is also the Director of St. Michael’s Conference for young people and Betsy serves on the staff.

Prior to being called to Saint Timothy’s Church, Father James was the Curate at All Saints’, Ashmont, in Dorchester. They are delighted to be back in Boston where they can root for the Red Sox and the Patriots! They are happy to be able to answer this new call to The Church of the Advent and are looking forward to being a part of this new parish family.

The Reverend Deacon Daphne B. Noyes

DBN chapelDeacon Noyes, semi-retired as a chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital,  developed (with critical care nurse Christine Gryglik) “Now and at the Hour of Our Death: Medical Decision-Making in the 21st Century.” This interactive seminar, which provides participants with essential tools and resources to navigate today’s complex health-care system, has been offered at several area parishes and for Episcopal Church Women. She is active in the Advent’s missions and outreach activities, and a co-convenor of the parish’s Prayer and Care team. During her time as a staff chaplain, she served on several hospital committees including the Domestic Violence Working Group, Patient Education Committee, and Ethics in Clinical Practice. In addition to completing the three-year diocesan formation program for deacons, she received formal theological education at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, St. Vladimir’s Summer Institute, and the Episcopal Divinity School, from which she earned the Master of Arts degree with a concentration in church history and theology. She was ordained by the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, in 2001. Deacon Noyes contributed to Many Servants, Ormonde Plater’s book on the diaconate in the twentieth century. She has written for the Journal of Pastoral Care; Cowley, the publication of the Society of St John the Evangelist, as well as diocesan and hospital newsletters. Her work as editor and publisher of the newsletter of the Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains was recognized with Polly Bond Awards from Episcopal Communicators. She is a lifetime member of the Association for Episcopal Deacons and a member of the SSJE Fellowship. She lives in Central Square, Cambridge.

The Reverend Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson, Curate for Christian Education

the Rev Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson, PhDJeffrey Hanson and his wife Roxene were parishioners at the Church of the Advent from 2006 to 2010, while he was an adjunct assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College. He began the ordination process in the diocese of Massachusetts in 2009, serving as an intern at Old North Church. In 2011 he and Roxene and their son Tristan moved to Melbourne, Australia, to take up a position as a research fellow in philosophy at Australian Catholic University. Jeffrey continued the ordination process in Melbourne, studying at Trinity College and doing his curacy at St. James Old Cathedral; he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Phillip Freier of the Anglican Church of Australia on November 30, 2014. He and his family returned to Boston in March of 2016 so he could work as a research associate in the Program for Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing at Harvard University; he remains an honorary fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University. His publications include the edited volume Kierkegaard as Phenomenologist: An Experiment and Michel Henry: The Affects of Thought (co-edited with Michael R. Kelly). His first monograph, Kierkegaard and the Life of Faith, will be published in 2017.

Mark Dwyer, Organist & Choirmaster

dwyerMark Dwyer came to the Advent from St Paul’s Parish, K Street, in Washington, DC, in 2007. He was formerly the Music Director at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY, and before that Associate Organist & Choirmaster here at the Advent. A Worcester native and 1985 graduate of the New England Conservatory (also earning a Master’s Degree in 1990), where he studied with Yuko Hayashi, William Porter, Frank Taylor and Charles Krigbaum, Mark has also been a faculty member and choirmaster at the annual Saint Michael’s Conference for Young People for many years. An active accompanist and recitalist, Mark has performed in North and South America and Europe. He is featured on several recordings by the Advent Choir as both accompanist and conductor, and is the performer on a JAV recording of the Advent’s Aeolian-Skinner organ in the series “Great Organ Builders of America: A Retrospective.” Mark and his wife Cheryl have a son, Douglas.

Jeremy S. Bruns, Associate Organist & Choirmaster

Jeremy S. Bruns is the newly appointed Associate Organist & Choirmaster of The Church of the Advent. He has held positions in Buffalo,  NY, Boston, MA, and Pittsburgh, PA, among other locations, including three years as Associate Organist of Saint Thomas Church-Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and three years as Organist & Master of the Choristers at All Saints, Ashmont. Mr. Bruns studied with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, earning his M.Mus. in performance and literature and the Performer’s Certificate. He has won prizes in major international competitions, and has been heard regularly on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipe Dreams, broadcasts on BBC Radio, and recordings on the Pro Organo label. Bruns has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and has performed numerous recitals with engagements including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, St. Paul Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh, and other venues in the United States and England.

Our Sextons

The everyday care and maintenance of our building is in the capable hands of Moses Sekkaja (left) and Moses Buyondo (right). Collectively, Moses Sekkaja and Moses Buyondo might be called “the Mosai” (although we’re not quite sure how that’s spelled). No matter how you call it, the Advent is very fortunate to have them keeping a close eye on things!

Simon Katz, Feline in Residence

newkit2To adapt a popular phrase, cats are what happens when you’re making other plans. After we lost Jake and Jeoffry, Fr. Warren planned to wait a while before looking for new feline residents. But you don’t find a cat – the cat finds you, and so it was that a little fellow we named Simon showed up in July 2012 and immediately took charge. Simon is always eager to make new friends, so stop by and say hello!

Telephone Extensions & Email


Main Number: 617-523-2377
Father Allan B. Warren III, Rector:  x131 / rector@theadventboston.org
Father Jay C. James, Associate Rector: x132 / frjames@theadventboston.org
Father Jeffrey Hanson, Curate for Christian Education: 617-552-3984 / frhanson@theadventboston.org
Deacon Daphne B. Noyes, Deacon: 617-354-2540 / dbnoyes@gmail.com
Mark Dwyer, Organist & Choirmaster: x141 / dwyer@theadventboston.org
Jeremy S. Bruns, Associate Organist & Choirmaster: x142 / bruns@theadventboston.org
Eric Fialho, Pastoral Assistant / efialho@eds.edu
James J. Wood, Parish Administrator: x122 / office@theadventboston.org
Don Vashaw, Bookkeeper: x125 / bookkeeper@theadventboston.org
Moses Sekajja, Moses Buyondo, Sextons: x127 / sextons@theadventboston.org
Stephen J. Sampson, Sacristan: x151 / sacristanadvent@gmail.com
Julianne Ture, Webmaster / webmaster@theadventboston.org

Honorary Assistants


The Reverend Thomas Adams
The Reverend Dr Clarence Butler
The Reverend Dr Philip H. Pfatteicher

The Vestry (2018)


C. Thomas Brown, Rector’s Warden
Paul Roberts, People’s Warden
Adam Rutledge, Treasurer
Frederick Ou, Clerk

Eric Baldwin
Lynda Blair
Amanda Daley
Maria Denslow
Dustin Henderson
Christopher Laconi
David Lapin
Philip LeQuesne
Brent Nelson
Virginia Pierce

2017 Annual Report (PDF)

Parish Office


James J. Wood, Parish Administrator
Donald Vashaw, Bookkeeper

Jim Wood with Jeoffry the Cat
Jim Wood with Jeoffry the Cat (?-2012)

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 4:30pm

Program Heads


Acolytes:  Paul Roberts (9am): 781-910-5280
Julianne Ture (11:15am): 781-324-8831 – Richard Corrieri (11:15am): 781-662-0690
Altar Guild: Stephen J. Sampson, Sacristan: 617-721-3842
Bell Ringers: Dale Winter: 914-406-6786
Church School: Meg Nelson: 856-217-0847
Coffee Hour: Barbara Boles (9am): 617-501-7572
Frederick Ou (11:15am): 978-201-1966
Tuesday Night Community Dinner: Barbara Boles: 617-625-1857
Gardening and Flower Arranging Guild: Tom Sopko, Flower Arranging: 617-492-2347 Ginnie Pierce, Gardening: 617-232-3798
Stewardship: Thatcher Lane Gearhart: 617-536-2526
Ushers: Ray Porter (11:15am): 508-586-0596
John Boyd (9am): 781-267-7137 (w), 781-894-9276 (h)
Webmaster: Julianne Ture: 781-324-8831