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The Trinity-St Mary's Covenant

For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please call (508) 473-8464 or send an email to us.
St Mary's Church

In April, 1972, the Trinity Episcopal Church and the St Mary's of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church signed the Milford Covenant. This was only the second covenant signed worldwide between a Roman Catholic parish and an Anglican parish. Since the first covenant (in Southbridge, Massachusetts) has lapsed, the Trinity-St Mary's Covenant is now the oldest active Covenant in the world.

In the literal sense, the Covenant is an agreement for each parish to pray for the other at their principal weekly services, but it has been much more than that. Over the years, the Covenant has grown into a social and spiritual relationship as well as an experience in working, growing and learning together. The focus has been on areas where the two parishes can cooperate, with the understanding that opportunities for a greater togetherness will come in God's time.

Many of the specific activities growing out of the Covenant have focused on community service. The Covenant Committee was responsible openng the Daily Bread Food Pantry and the Winter Haven Homeless Shelter. Although the Winter Haven Shelter has since been replaced by "scatter shelters", members of both parishes continue to be active in the Food Pantry.

The Covenant has manifest itself in many ways. The two congregations work together every Thanksgiving Day to deliver dinners from Jean's Catering to people who are alone. The parishes regularly join together for services such as Evensong, with music provided by the combined choirs of St Mary's and Trinity. Priests from St. Mary's take part in the Good Friday Service of the Seven Last Words of Christ. Each parish sponsors a table at the annual fair of the other. They have also joined together for a range of social activities, including a trip to Washington, D.C. and a series of trips to the Boston Pops.

One of the most notable achievements of the Covenant occurred in 1994, when the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts asked Trinity to participate in the resettlement of a Bosnian family in the Milford area. Trinity Parish contacted St Mary's, and together they sponsored an extended family: two brothers, their wives, and four children. This effort required a great deal of coordination and cooperation between the parishes. Committee members were recruited from both parishes to deal with the families' needs: housing, jobs, schooling and language. Today, through the hard work of everyone involved, especially the family members themselves, the families are self sufficient. The families own homes in Milford, and have welcomed other members of their family from Bosnia.

Covenant Committee

For more information, or to volunteer to help out, please call (508) 473-8464 or send an email to us.

The Covenant Committee is an open group of people from both St Mary's and Trinity who meet from time to time to review ways to express and strengthen our covenant relationship. When we have been engaged in joint activities, the committee has met regularly as a steering committee for these activities. This group takes on responsibility with the Pastor and Rector for organizing and conducting joint Evensong service and other joint functions.