The Rev. Richard M. Simpson Called as Canon to the Ordinary

RichheadshotFormer Rector of St. FrancisÔÇÖs Episcopal Church, Holden for 15 Years

The Rev. Richard M. Simpson has been called to serve as Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. A Canon to the Ordinary is a canon who is specific to the Bishop’s office; a staff officer who performs tasks as assigned by the Ordinary (i.e. Diocesan Bishop.)

ÔÇ£Among his many gifts, Rich brings spiritual depth, extensive experience in parish and campus ministry, creativity and a sense of humor to a demanding ministry,ÔÇØ said The Right Rev. Douglas Fisher, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. ÔÇ£I am blessed that he said ÔÇÿyesÔÇÖ to my invitation to join our staff. I look forward to working as a team with Rich for the sake of the Gospel for many years to come.ÔÇØ

Prior to this, Canon Simpson served as the rector of St. Francis Church in Holden for fifteen years. Before coming to Holden in 1998, he served for eight years in the Diocese of Connecticut; four as Associate Rector at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport and four as the Protestant Campus Minister at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

In a recent blog, ÔÇ£Awaiting Another Voice,ÔÇØ he wrote:

People have asked me if I will keep blogging. The answer is yes, I hope so. But what is changing for me is the context of my ministry. While there will be some continuity, I know that working in a diocesan ministry will be different from parish ministry; which means that my questions will be evolving. I’ll still be preaching a fair amount, but I’ll be in different congregations each week. I expect to continue to post sermons (or portions of them) to this blog. In between, I will be continuing to try to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus in this time and place. As all of this unfolds, I am reminded of T. S. EliotÔÇÖs words in ÔÇ£Little GiddingÔÇØ – For last yearÔÇÖs words belong to last yearÔÇÖs language / And next yearÔÇÖs words await another voice. I hope that readers of this blog will ÔÇ£bear with meÔÇØ as I seek to find that new voice.

Canon Simpson was born and raised in Hawley, Pennsylvania in the United Methodist Church and holds degrees from Georgetown University (AB), Drew Theological School (M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and Columbia Theological Seminary (D.Min.)

He and his wife, Hathy, live in Worcester. They have two adult sons, Graham and James. Rich writes a blog on contemporary faith at:

Click on Worcester Telegram & Gazette for a feature story on Rich.