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About Charles Waldo MacLean, S.T.D, D.D.

Suffragan Bishop of Long Island

Charles Waldo MacLean served faithfully and with distinction as suffragan bishop under three diocesan bishops in the Diocese of Long Island from 1962 - 1975. He served under the Rt. Rev. James Pemette DeWolfe and then Rt. Rev. Jonathan Goodhue Sherman. After his retirement in 1975 he served as an advisor to the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Witcher.

In 1951, Bishop MacLean founded Episcopal Charities of Long Island, which was the first such organization of any diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States. He considered Episcopal Charities an effort of "people helping people", with compassion, not charity. He lived by these words from the first letter of John, chapter three, verses seventeen and eighteen.

"But if anyone has this world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth."

Charles Waldo MacLean was born in New Hampshire and graduated from Stephen's College in Annandale-onHudson, and from General Theological Seminary in New York City with a Doctorate degree in Sacred Theology in 1958 and a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1963 from Bard College, NYC.

Bishop MacLean as Rector of Grace Church, Riverhead from 1933-1950 and on July 19, 1972 he was admitted as Associate Chaplain and Serb - Prelate of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.

Bishop MacLean served the hospitals and homes of Episcopal Health Services, Inc., with his significant success in raising funds ' through Episcopal Charities. The people of the Diocese of Long Island and of Episcopal Health Services remember him with great affection.