Dear Members of the Diocese of New Jersey:
The ordination and consecration of the Rev. Canon William H. Stokes as the Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.
This notice contains information for the clergy and laity of the diocese to help you plan your calendars. All must register to attend the consecration.
Friday, November 1, Day of All Saints
Clergy Gathering with Presiding Bishop
The Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori invites all diocesan clergy to meet with her at 10:00 a.m. in the Baltimore Cambridge Lexington Room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located at 102 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 08540.
The gathering concludes with lunch. You must register to attend this event. To register Click here or enter this address into your web browser: http://tinyurl.com/l2wtvsp
Directions to the Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center: http://princeton.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel/map-and-directions.html
From the North: Take the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 9 (New Brunswick). After the toll, stay right, take Route 18 North 1/2 mile. From Route 18, take Route 1 South 18 miles. Exit Alexander Road East. Proceed two traffic lights and turn right into Carnegie Center. Take first right into the Hyatt Regency hotel’s entrance.
From the South: Take I-295 North to Exit 67A (Route 1 North-New Brunswick). Proceed on Route 1 North 3 1/2 miles to Princeton area, exit right to Alexander Road East. At traffic light make right onto Alexander Road East. Proceed to next traffic light and make another right. The entrance to the Hyatt Regency hotel is on the right.
Friday, November 1, Rehearsals at Trinity Cathedral
The rehearsal for the altar party takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1. This rehearsal is for the Presiding Bishop, co-consecrators, the presenters, testimonial readers, lectors, litanists, deacons of the gospel and altar, bishop-elect and immediate family, registrars, and emcees. Choristers, musicians, communion ministers, and acolytes will be notified of their rehearsal times.
Saturday, November 2
The Ordination and Consecration of the Twelfth Bishop
Vesting: All diocesan clergy are invited to vest in cassock, surplice, and white stole, to process, and to sit in reserved seating in the nave. A tent will be placed on the lawn of Diocesan House, 808 West State Street, for the purpose of vesting. Security will be provided for the tent. You will need to be vested and in the processional line by 10:15 a.m.
Tickets: The nave seating is limited to members of the liturgical processions and to ticket holders. No ticket is required for clergy who are vesting. ALL must register to attend the consecration whether you are a ticket holder or not: http://tinyurl.com/l2wtvsp or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is plentiful unreserved seating in the chapel and crypt. Professional high-definition A/V streaming of the full event will be available in all locations. No ticket is required for unreserved seating but you must register to attend: http://tinyurl.com/l2wtvsp or contact email@example.com.
Traffic Restrictions: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. West State Street will be closed in front of Trinity Cathedral and parking will be prohibited on streets surrounding the cathedral.
Parking: There will be no parking in the lot of Trinity Cathedral. All parking will be in remote parking lots protected by security officers. A continuous shuttle service will transport you from the parking lots to Trinity Cathedral from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Handicapped parking is available only at Trenton Central High School West Campus at the corner of West State Street and Parkside Avenue. A shuttle bus will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Directions to Handicapped Parking Lot: Trenton Central High School West Campus, 1001 W. State St., Trenton, NJ http://tinyurl.com/khg9hpg
From the North:
Route I South to Interstate 95, Interstate 95 South to Exit 1. Follow Route 29 S. Proceed about 3–4 miles, passing Upper and Lower Ferry Roads. Look for signs for Sullivan Way. At the traffic light at Sullivan Way, (Sunoco Station to the left on other side of northbound lanes) there will also be signs for W. State Street. Bear to the left but follow the middle course for W. State Street. Trenton High West Campus will be on your right before the traffic light at Parkside and West State. Turn right into the driveway along side the school.
From East and South via NJ Turnpike (Exit 7A) or From 295 or GSP (Exit 8):
Take Interstate 195W (Trenton) or 295 to the exit for Trenton or Take Interstate 195 W to Route 129 to 29 North. When you come out of the new tunnel, you will travel approx. 3 miles to Parkside Avenue Exit. At the first traffic light, turn left. Trenton High West Campus will be on your left at the traffic light at Parkside and West State. Turn left into the driveway along side the school.
All other parking is located at the Department of Labor Parking-John Fitch Plaza, Trenton, New Jersey 08625: From Route 29 North and South, Exit Memorial Drive. Proceed through the light and continue to stop sign. Turn left and lot is on your right.
Carpooling is encouraged. Please plan to arrive early to allow time to park, ride the shuttle, and for clergy to walk to the vesting tent, change into vestments, and line up for the processional line by 10:15 a.m.
Offertory Collection: Bishop-Elect Stokes has requested that the offering at the Holy Eucharist be designated jointly for Hurricane Sandy Relief and to advance the mission of UrbanPromise of Camden and Trenton. A plate collection will be taken in the worship, and collection baskets will be available at the Reception. Checks may be made payable to the Diocese of New Jersey and include in the note “Collection Offering.”
Childcare will be available in the Cathedral under the supervision of staff from UrbanPromise. Please indicate childcare if needed while completing registration.
Reception 1–3 p.m.: A splendid reception will commence immediately after the consecration! There will be food and beverage stations in the Reception Tent featuring cuisines of the many ethnic traditions in New Jersey. Seating will be available in Synod Hall. Shuttle busses to the parking lots will continue to operate until 4 p.m. The Reception is open to everyone in the diocese, including those who were not able to attend the consecration.
Sunday, November 3
10:30 a.m. All are invited to attend the Welcoming and Seating of the Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey at Trinity Cathedral: Bishop Stokes will be formally welcomed into the Cathedral and seated in his church, and he will preside at the Holy Eucharist. Parking is available in the cathedral parking lot and on the street.