About Us

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Rhythms of Grace at Advent is a new worship offering by the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.   Rhythms of Grace is a liturgical program developed by the Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan and Linda L. Snyder to serve the Autistic community and their families. An empty church and a diocesan desire to serve the under-served presented a great opportunity for the church to use its resources to reach out to the Autistic community and their families in our own diocese.  The program seeks to provide an alternative way to meet their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs.  While the Autistic community is the focus, the liturgy is appropriate for all people who wish to experience another expression of how we can worship God and serve God’s people.

If you have questions, please feel free to email the Rev. Dennis Bucco at father.dennis@hotmail.com or the Rev. Deacon Mary Ann Mello at deaconmaryannmello@gmail.com.

To find out more about the Liturgy “Rhythms of Grace” you can check out the website at http://www.rhythms-of-grace.org. We have been greatly inspired by the support and enthusiastic encouragement by so many people in the diocese that we are glad to be able to provide you with this update. Thank you for all your interest and prayers.

Who We Are

The Reverend Dennis M. Bucco serves as rector of St. Luke’s, Pawtucket since being called in September, 2009.  Prior to becoming rector, he was the curate at St. Luke’s, East Greenwich for two years.  With member of the Diocese of Rhode Island, he helped renovate the space at Advent to start Rhythms of Grace, a program developed in the Diocese of Connecticut to serve individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.   Father Dennis Bucco is now Dean of the Blackstone Valley Deanery and member of the Investment Committee for the Diocese of Rhode Island.  He has also served on Diocesan Council and the Congregational Development Committee.  Prior to ordination, he worked in various positions in the financial services industry for twelve years.  He, his wife, Midge, and son, Harrison, live in West Greenwich, RI.

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