Recovery Ministry

image291.jpg-thumb-80The Episcopal Diocese of Easton has established a Recovery Ministry Committee to address issues surrounding alcoholism and drug dependency and the use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs in relation to the church’s mission.

The committee’s purposes are:

  1. Developing and implementing an effective diocesan policy on substance abuse and addiction
  2. Assisting the Bishop of Easton and staff in education of and interventions for diocesan clergy and employees who face alcoholism or other chemical addiction.
  3. Raise the awareness about the disease of addiction and the redemption and grace found in recovery
  4. Strengthen recovering Episcopalians in the work of their recovery and help proclaim the Gospel in the world and carry their recovery into the Church.

The committee commends and encourages the many programs offering treatment and support to persons suffering from the illnesses of alcoholism and drug addiction. Included among these programs are:  Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, AlaTeen, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Narcotics Anonymous and various chemical dependency treatment programs and halfway houses.

The Recovery Ministry Committee encourages parish and diocesan clergy, employees and leaders to become knowledgeable concerning local resources that offer education, intervention, treatment and continuing care for alcoholism and other chemical addictions.

Please click below for a pdf of the current Diocese of Easton policy on the use of Alcohol and other substances at diocesan events.  Resolutions were presented and approved at the 146th and 147th diocesan conventions in Cambridge, MD to support this policy.  Note:  With minor exceptions this policy mirrors the policy adopted at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church Resolution A158.

Diocesan policy on alcohol 2016

This diocese is an active member of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church.

78th General Convention Resolutions on Alcohol and Addiction

Upcoming Events:

Recovering a Spirit Filled Life: Freeing Ourselves HALF-DAY RETREAT
Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The touchstone for recovering from addiction is a healthy spiritual life. The fellowship of AA and the 12 Steps provides a pathway toward “a new freedom and a new happiness,” if we surrender to a power greater than ourselves.
During this retreat we will explore our spiritual condition and the possibilities for growth using teachings from AA’s Steps 1, 2 and 3, other spiritual traditions, open sharing and intentional time of silence and meditation.
RETREAT LEADER – Reverend Paul W. Gennett Jr. has been an Episcopal priest for 24 years and currently serves as Rector at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Newark, Delaware. Paul leads retreats on spiritual living and the 12 Steps for both recovering and non- recovering communities and enjoys his calling to walk with others in his own recovering spiritual journey.

Register online for this FREE retreat at or contact Francie at (410) 364-7042, Registration deadline: Friday 10/14.
Light lunch will be available; free will offerings will be accepted.

Click below for a flyer for the event:
recovspirit flyer

The Gathering 2016 – Called to Transformation: The Church’s Response to Addiction in the 21st Century.  A national conference of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church  To be held at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia – November 2-5, 2016​. For information visit: ​

Recovery and Co-Dependence Conference. The dioceses of Easton and Maryland will host this conference on March 25, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at St. Philips Church, Annapolis.  The keynote address will be by Bishop Chilton Knudsen a well-known speaker and author on recovery. Additional details will be forthcoming shortly.

The Second Annual Recovery Retreat of the dioceses of Easton and Maryland will be held April 28 – 30 at the Claggett Retreat Center in Adamstown, MD.  The facilitator of this retreat will be The Rev. Stuart Hoke, an Episcopal priest who pioneered a course of study on the Church’s role in the treatment of alcoholism and addictive illness.  Stuart is a well-known national speaker and retreat leader.  Additional details will be posted later this fall.