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Pope John XXIII



Ministries Affiliated
Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of New England

The following are affiliated with ECDNE either as communities or organizations,
or through the affiliation of those who serve them as leaders.

Spirit of Life Community


Alternative Catholic

Visit this website if you are looking for an Inclusive Eucharistic community near to where you live. Sponsored by the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of New England and Evensong Retreat Center, this website has grown over the past months to include 23 communities in 11 states, and we hope to add more communities throughout the country. If you are searching for a community near you, or if you belong to one and would like to be listed, visit us at


Catholicism Moving Forward

If you are looking for an inclusive Catholic community near you, Catholicism Moving Forward is a Ministry of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of New England that may be of help to you. If you are a displaced community or group of Catholics searching for a priest we may be able to connect you to a Roman Catholic Womanpriest or married priest near you. If you are seeking to form a small Eucharistic Community and seek help or advice in doing so we have experienced people who can help. To learn more contact us with a brief email explaining your situation and someone will be in touch.


Evensong by the Sea Retreat & Spirituality Center

Located on Cape Cod in Harwich Port, MA, Evensong Retreat Center offers a variety of retreat opportunities for individuals and groups. An annual program of guided retreats begins each October. An acre of beautiful gardens and proximity to the ocean and the natural beauty of Cape Cod provide the setting for private individual retreats (by reservation year round). The facility can accommodate private group retreats for groups of up to 20 people. Reiki treatments and training (Levels 1 through Master) are available. Spiritual Direction is also offered. Learn more at or call 508-432-0027.

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The Open Door Mission

Open Door Mission, located in Hyannis, MA, was established as a church and healing center in 2010, as a place that serves many: Christians, Buddhists, non-believers, the undecided, seekers, and the unaffiliated. /we are GLBT friendly. You will find here a place of healing, worship, recovery, meditation, and transformation as you participate in the services we have to offer. The Open Door Mission offers a Buddhist Mindful Recover Group and a Centering Prayer Group each week. A Catholic-eclectic holy Eucharist is celebrated on the second Saturday of the month. To learn more visit their website.

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Retreats and Sacramental Ministry in Rhode Island

Rev. Charles Cavalconte and Rev. Cheryl Cavalconte are available to celebrate the Sacraments with people in the Southern New England area. They have an activie rministry of baptism, funerals, retreats, and spiritual direction. They also officiate at weddings (see below). To learn more visit their website.

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Sanctuary of Peace

Sanctuary of Peace is a Eucharistic community that meets on the first and third Sunday of the month (11:30 AM) at a member's home in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. We began in 2005. We consider ourselves a "house church" and average about 12 - 20 people who break open the word (we follow the Lectionary) and share a common Eucharist. Liturgical leadership rotates among interested members. Contact person is Joe Clay at Rev. Dr. Carl Yusavitz, an ECDNE priest, is one of the liturgical leaders.


Spirit of Life Community

Spirit of Life Community is a community of worship and service, where Justice and Joy are prominent themes. Unconditional welcome is the driving force of this community. Everyone is invited to come as they are, knowing that they are included in the Circle of God's Love. It is a safe place where Catholics can explore their spirituality without fear of judgment. All members of Spirit of Life are icons of God’s love for one another. Our commitment is to help each other grow into all that God is calling each of us to be. Liturgy of the Eucharist is celebrated at 5pm each Sunday, at the Congregational Church of Weston.
Rev. Jean Marchant and Rev. Ron Hindelang serve as co-pastors to the Spirit of Life Community. To learn more about Spirit of Life Community click here.

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St. Mary of Magdala Church

St. Mary of Magdala Church is an inclusive Catholic Community located in Harwich Port, MA on Cape Cod. It is Catholic in its heritage and worship, while ecumenical in its makeup and outreach to the wider community. In its mission statement the community declares its call to "Gather for worship, cherish our living Catholic Tradition, witness the Gospel, and minister to others as Christians in the world." Like its sister community of Spirit of Life, a foundational value for this Church is that all are welcome. Rev. Marie David and Most Rev. Jim David serve as co-pastors. St. Mary of Magdala Church gathers for worship at 10am each Sunday at St. Mary of Magdala Chapel on the grounds of Evensong Retreat Center. For more information click here.

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Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of New England
Wedding Ministries

Many ECDNE Clergy provide wedding services to couples in their area. Some of our clergy work with a couple to provide any type of ceremony desired, while others provide a specifically religious type of ceremony. In any case you will find our clergy warm, welcoming, and willing to work with you to plan your wedding ceremony, or to be of service by helping you to connect with someone better able to provide the type of ceremony you are seeking. We welcome and look forward to speaking with all couples, regardless of religious affiliation or gender orientation. Here are some areas where we provide service.

Southern New England: Rev. Charles Cavalconte and Rev. Cheryl Cavalconte are wedding officiants serving primarily in the Rhode Island area, though they have traveled to celebrate weddings in the Boston, Cape Cod, Connecticut and New York areas. They have a broad repertoire of rites and rituals and specialize in helping couples to celebrate and create their own unique wedding ceremonies. Learn more about their ministry.

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Greater Boston Area: Rev. Ron Hindelang and Rev. Jean Marchant offer their services as wedding officiants to people in the Greater Boston Area.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Most Rev. James David and Rev. Marie David officiate at weddings in the Cape Cod area. Information about their wedding ministry can be obtained at (select menu option for "Wedding Officiants" or call 508-432-0027.

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The Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of New England
The Most Rev. James F. David, Bishop
326 Lower County Road
Harwich Port, MA 02646-1625
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