Welcome to St. Aidan's Chapel

St. Aidan's Chapel is open for twelve Sundays this summer, from June 26 through Sept. 11, 2022

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St. Aidan's, an Episcopal summer chapel, is home to a devoted and vibrant community that welcomes warmly persons of all faiths to our services. For many people, St. Aidan’s is the alternative to their home church, to others, it is their only house of worship. Often churchgoers attend services while visiting family and friends on vacation. Celebrating Christ’s love and teachings in a charming and historic summer setting is only part of what makes St. Aidan's so unique.

We invite you and your family to worship with us this summer, including children of all ages. From listening to and praying with our accomplished and devout summer chaplains, to our commitment to bring God’s blessings to those in need in the Greater New Bedford area, St. Aidan’s is a joyful and nourishing experience.

We are inclusive to all, just as we believe God is inclusive to all. Please join us. Everyone is welcome!


The Rev. Kit Lonergan will lead the worship service next Sunday, August 14 at 9:00 am.  Welcome back to Kit and her family, husband Chris and their children Livvy and Jack!

Please remember to donate canned goods (soups, stews, especially) for Martha's Pantry at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford. A large plastic blue tub outside the chapel's front door is available 24/7 for edible gifts!

Volunteers make St Aidan's roll from year to year and week to week.  From the leadership committees to the many individuals that contribute to making our worship together beautiful and blessed, we depend on the community to make things happen. Look to this space for essential volunteering opportunities to help out this summer!

This Website is updated regularly with helpful information regarding the summer of 2022 at St. Aidan's.  Please get in the habit of checking the Announcements section for up to the minute details regarding our worship schedules, activities, events and community needs.

Visiting Clergy Summer 2022

The Rev. Michael B. Dangelo
Vicar of St. Aidan’s
Schedule: June 26; July 3; July 10; July 17

The Rev. Noah Van Niel
Schedule: July 24; July 31

The Rev. Kit Lonergan
Schedule: August 7; August 14

The Rev. Canon Arlette D. Benoit Joseph
Schedule: August 21

The Rt. Rev Carol Gallagher
August 28; September 4; September 11

From The News

All Creatures Bright and Beautiful

The Chapel garden was sunny and breezy once again as Rev. Kit Lonergan began her second summer ministry at St. Aidan’s parish.  An inclusive, high-spirited service ensued which included the annual “Blessing of the Pets,” a favorite of parishioners and animals alike.  Inviting the children present to help her administer the blessings to a bunch…

Three Quick Questions for Rev. Kit Lonergan

What do you find challenging in your work? Humans are challenging in general– all of us, parishioners, clergy, and our communities. The greatest challenges in ministry are when we forget that we are all fallible, imperfect works in progress, and expect perfection from every angle. It’s not who we were made by God to be.…

Baptisms and Sunday Joy

Three baptisms were held on Sunday, July 31 in front of a supportive group of parishioners, the largest gathering of the summer so far. Ninety-seven people assembled under the shade of the beech tree as Rev. Noah Van Niel led the worship service, his last of 2022.  The singing of hymns with flute interludes by…

Three Quick Questions for Rev. Noah Van Niel

Throughout the summer, our visiting clergy are asked a series of questions about their work and what they like to read. Rev. Noah responded as follows: What do you find the most challenging in your work? The deep awareness of just how hurting and broken the world is and not being able to solve all…

Holy Communion under the Beech Tree

The sustained heat wave and drought conditions did not deter Rev. Noah Van Niel and the congregation from gathering on July 24. The shade of the mature beech tree in the Chapel garden provided welcome protection from the sun as hymns were enhanced by flute accompaniment. Over 80 parishioners attended the service and welcomed Rev.…

Three Quick Questions for Rev. Mike Dangelo

Throughout the summer, our visiting clergy will be asked a series of questions about their work and what they like to read.  First up, Vicar Mike: What do you find the most challenging in your work? I’m a parish minister at heart, and each parish has a set of gifts (charisms) and challenges (particularities) that…