Fr. Richard Loring Comes to All Saints as Transitional Priest
The Rev. Richard T. Loring, the much-loved priest who served as Interim at the former Calvary Church, Danvers, from 2006 to 2007, and who is well-known and fondly remembered by parishioners at the former Saint Paul's Church, Peabody, for his presence there as well, will be coming to the new All Saints Episcopal Church of the Northshore (a merger of Calvary and St. Paul's), at 46 Cherry Street, on February 3rd as "transitional priest."
The Inter-Parish Council had requested Fr. Loring to serve until the appointment of a priest-in-charge, because of his long-term experience and skill working with parishes in transition, and particularly because of his quiet strength and compassionate leadership at both the Danvers and Peabody parishes. He is a known and comforting presence who can help our parish meld together and begin looking forward.
In Danvers and Peabody, Richard T. Loring is remembered for his wry sense of humor and wonderful sermons. Often, after a service, parishioners would stand in the receiving line and ask him for copies of his words, which he readily provided.
Fr. Loring recently completed an assignment as supply priest at St. John St. James Church in Roxbury. He is a third-generation priest in his family, following in the footsteps of both grandfathers, father, uncle and brother. "It's the family business," he has joked.
Since retirement in 1995, Fr. Loring has been fully occupied with Sunday supply and interim work in churches seeking rectors. In his spare time, Fr. Loring enjoys heading down to his home in Westport, MA, where his handy work maintains his beloved converted barn, and where he loves foraging for food in the wild, and making jams and jellies.
All Saints invites everyone to join us to welcome him at services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. A welcome reception will take place to greet Fr. Loring, immediately after the 10 a.m. service on his first day.