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The Reverend George Truman Welch, Interim Rector

The Reverend George Truman Welch graduated from the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1974 and served churches in Birmingham, New Orleans, and Little Rock before coming to the Parish of the Good Shepherd in Waban, succeeding Fr. Allan Warren as rector in 1991. Fr. Welch retired in 2014 after 23 years at Good Shepherd and moved to Two Echo Co-housing Community in the woods north of Brunswick, Maine, where he has spent his time reading, hiking, listening to music, and planting a garden.

Accompanying Fr. Welch as he moves to Beacon Hill in January 2019 is his dog Wilma, a friendly and enthusiastic standard poodle. Wilma is a Maine dog through and through and will be trying very hard to adapt to city life, not to mention Simon the Church Cat. She begs your indulgence.

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. The Jameses 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.

Eric Fialho, Pastoral Assistant

Eric has been serving the Parish since 2016 when he entered as seminarian. He has remained on as Pastoral Assistant concentrating the majority of his time to mission and outreach endeavors, teaching, and preaching. Eric received a Bachelors in History from Salem State University in 2014, and received his M.div from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Ma in 2017. Eric is currently nearing the end of the ordination process with the Diocese of Massachusetts. He also serves as Dir. of Christian Education at a Parish on the North Shore, and serves as an interning chaplain at Beverly Hospital. Eric is also a writer of ghost stories, collects vintage and antique typewriters, and is a lover of all things old-Hollywood. 

Jim Singletary, Parish Administrator

Jim Singletary has served as an administrator for several churches (of various denominations) for the past ten years, most recently at Gethsemane Lutheran in Seattle. Prior to serving churches, he spent many years working films, concerts, courses and lectures at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He lives in Salem MA with his husband, Jim Maynard.

Our Sextons

The everyday care and maintenance of our building is in the capable hands of Moses Sekajja (left) and Moses Buyondo (right). Collectively, Moses Sekajja 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 Truman Welch, Interim Rector: x131 /
Father Jay C. James, Associate Rector: x132 /
Father Jeffrey Hanson, Curate for Christian Education: 617-552-3984 /
Deacon Daphne B. Noyes, Deacon: 617-354-2540 /
Mark Dwyer, Organist & Choirmaster: x141 /
Jeremy S. Bruns, Associate Organist & Choirmaster: x142 /
Eric Fialho, Pastoral Assistant /
James Singletary, Parish Administrator: x122 /
Joseph Brown, Comptroller: x125 /
Kelly Walsh, Bookkeeper: x125 /
Moses Sekajja, Moses Buyondo, Sextons: x127 /
Stephen J. Sampson, Sacristan: x151 /
Julianne Ture, Webmaster /

Honorary Assistants

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

The Vestry (2019)

C. Thomas Brown, Senior Warden
Paul Roberts, Junior 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
Francesco Piscitelli

Annual Report 2018 (PDF)

Parish Office

James Singletary, Parish Administrator
Joseph Brown, Comptroller
Kelly Walsh, Bookkeeper

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:
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): 617-335-6199
John Boyd (9am): 781-267-7137 (w), 781-894-9276 (h)
Webmaster: Julianne Ture: 781-324-8831