A Movable Mass, Island Priest Crosses Channel to Cuttyhunk

Father Thomas C. Lopes had never been to Cuttyhunk until last Sunday morning.

Traveling on a 26-foot patrol boat owned by the Dukes County Sheriff’s department, Father Lopes crossed the water to the small chain of Elizabeth Islands to offer a Mass in the Union Methodist Church on Cuttyhunk.

A Vineyard native, the 72-year-old priest had served on Nantucket from 1991 to 2000, an Island hop of a different nature. He is now retired.

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