BCH Center Sunday

The Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center Sunday is a new diocesan-wide initiative designed to bolster the Center’s Annual Fund and highlight the work of this essential diocesan ministry.

For 2017 the designated Sunday is December 3rd.


A Word from the Bishop

All year-round, time spent at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center is one of the most rewarding aspects of my life as your Bishop.

In the spring I gather at the spacious Doran Center with young people making a joint retreat with others from across the diocese in preparation for their confirmation.

In the summer I worship in the amphitheater-style outdoor chapel, singing and praying with exuberant children. At the high ropes course, I shout encouragement to teenagers building self-confidence and trust.

In the fall I join members of our Commission on Ministry as they meet with faithful seekers discerning a call to ordained leadership in the church.

In the winter bishops from the seven dioceses of New England make an annual retreat – a cherished time for collegial support, planning and renewal around the Shaw Lodge fireplace.

In these ways and more, the Barbara Harris Center serves our diocese and countless others, not just as a summer camp, but as a year-round facility for multigenerational leadership development, rest, spiritual growth, and good fun!

Tricia and I support the Center each year with our financial backing – a true thank offering. I hope you will join us!


The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates
Bishop of Massachusetts


Please visit the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center Annual Fund page for frequently asked questions.