Episcopal Diocese to Consecrate New Bishop

EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY TO CONSECRATE NEW BISHOP WILLIAM STOKES ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2; 1200 VISITORS EXPECTED TO TRINITY CATHEDRAL 

TRENTON (Statewide):

The Episcopal Diocese of New jersey will consecrate its twelfth bishop, William “Chip” Stokes, on Saturday, November 11 at Trinity Cathedral, 801 West State Street, in Trenton, at 11 am. The service is expected to draw over 1,200 visitors from throughout the country, including 25 bishops from other Episcopal dioceses and the Most Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Following the service, a block-party-style celebratory reception will commence, featuring food from around the world and entertainment from the Praises in Steel drum orchestra of Queens.  Further information about the event is available at www.njconsecration.org.

Stokes, 56, was elected May 4 out of a field of nine nominees; more than 600 clergy and lay deputies representing 150 churches voted for nine men and women from seven different Episcopal Church dioceses nationwide in the election. Stokes previously served as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Florida. He was elected after he received 328 votes, capturing the required majority vote of both lay people and clergy members.

“The people of the diocese understand well the very real challenges that face the church today,” said Stokes. “My experience of the clergy and lay people of the diocese is that they are faithful, hopeful and up to any challenges as we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us ‘right onward.’ I look forward to getting to know them and to journeying with them hand in hand as we all respond to God’s call to us to love and serve one another, the communities in which we are placed and the wider church and world.”

Stokes is preceded by The Right Reverend George E. Councell, the eleventh Bishop of New Jersey, who will retire after a 10-year tenure. Stokes began work as bishop-elect in August. On October 21, he jointly issued a pastoral letter with Bishop Councell, commending the advent of same-sex marriage rights in New Jersey. 

The day after the Consecration, on November 3 at 10:30, the Welcoming and Seating of Stokes as Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey will take place 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.

Press Contact:
Jonathan Elliott
Director of Communications
Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey
609.937.3357 (M) | JElliott@newjersey.anglican.org

 October 31, 2013

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ABOUT THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY: Founded in 1785, the Diocese of New Jersey ranks sixth in size out of 100 domestic dioceses in the United States, with 154 congregations within its borders. Currently two retired bishops, 293 priests, and 74 deacons serve in the Diocese, along with 45 clergy ‘licensed to act.’ For more on the Diocese, please click here.

 

Details of Ordination and Consecration of Twelfth Bishop

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 spaige@newjersey.anglican.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 spaige@newjersey.anglican.org.

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.

Message from the Bishop-Elect of New Jersey

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

Greetings! Grace and peace to you. Susan and I are delighted to be in New Jersey. As I begin my second week in the diocese, I wanted to write to you to let you know that our move went well and that we are in place. Although our new home in Trenton is a sea of boxes, we love it and are settling in comfortably.

During these first few months leading up to my consecration in November (God willing and with the consent of the people!), I have a lot to learn from the remarkable staff at Diocesan House and especially from Bishop Councell. I am fortunate and blessed that he will mentor me during these crucial months. Please keep him and Ruth in your prayers during this time of transition for them.

You also have a lot to teach me. My “watchwords” during these first few months are “listen and learn.” I am new to the Diocese of New Jersey. Yes, I have thoughts and ideas but, during this time, I want to focus especially on listening. This will happen through planned events — meetings of Clericus and Convocations — that are already on the calendar for late summer and throughout the fall. It will also happen as Susan and I travel around the Diocese worshipping in different churches each Sunday and visiting churches that have special events going on during the week, as we will this week, when we visit St. Bernard’s and their Splash! Interfaith Kids Day Camp in Bernardsville on Friday. (Clergy, please note, we will call ahead before coming to your church on a Sunday morning). If you have something you would like us to see, please let us know. Needless to say, we won’t be able to accept every invitation, but we like knowing what is going on in the different churches of the diocese.

So that I can share my experiences with you and let you know what I am up to, I will blog regularly and invite you to follow my blog. I also welcome you to “Friend me” on Facebook  and to “follow” me on Twitter. My diocesan e-mail address is wstokes@newjersey.anglican.org. If your church has a Facebook page, let me know so that I can “like it” and follow you on Facebook.

I look forward to being among you, to getting to know you and this diocese more deeply. I pray you and yours may enjoy the remaining days of summer. May God bless us all in our life in Christ together. Thank you for all you do in Christ’s service in this diocese, for your welcome, and for your continuing prayers for Susan and for me.

Faithfully yours,

The Rev. Canon William H. (Chip) Stokes, Bishop-elect 

A version of this message was distributed via email on August 13, 2013.

There will be many opportunities for clergy and people to get to know out Bishop-Elect in the days and weeks ahead. Stay tuned and keep our Bishop, George, and his wife, Ruth, our Bishop-Elect, Chip, and his wife, Susan in your prayers during this time of transition. 

Media Advisory: Stokes elected bishop of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Jersey elects William (“Chip”) Stokes as twelfth bishop

The Reverend Canon William (“Chip”) H. Stokes, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Delray Beach, Florida, has been elected as twelfth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church.

Stokes, age 56, was elected May 4 out of a field of nine nominees. He was elected on the fifth ballot by the election convention meeting at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.

 Statement from bishop-elect William H. “Chip” Stokes:

I am humbled beyond expression and deeply honored to have been elected as the Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey.  I am grateful to the people of the Diocese for their confidence, support and prayers.  I am grateful above all to God in Christ who has called me and walked with me throughout my journey.  The Diocese of New Jersey is a part of the deep history of the Episcopal Church.  It is an overwhelming thing to be brought into that history through this election.  The Diocese is made up of a rich and wonderful variety of people.  The diversity of the diocese is one of its great strengths and beauties.   The people of the Diocese understand well the very real challenges that face the Church today.  My experience of the clergy and lay people of the Diocese is that that they are faithful, hopeful and up to any challenges as we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us “right onward.”  I look forward to getting to know them and to journeying with them hand in hand as we all respond to God’s call to us to love and serve one another, the communities in which we are placed and the wider church and world.”

The other nominees were:

* The Rev. David Anderson, 56, rector of St. Luke’s Parish in Darien, Connecticut;

* The Rev. Joan Beilstein, 52, rector of Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring, Maryland;

* The Rev. Canon Dr. Francisco Pozo, 56, vicar, Christ Church, Trenton;

* The Very Rev. René John, 52, dean, Trinity Cathedral, Trenton;

* The Rev. Canon Donald J. Muller, 60, rector, St. Peter’s Church, Medford.

* The Rev. Allen F. Robinson, 43, rector of St. James’ Church in Baltimore, Maryland;

* The Rev. Canon Melissa M. Skelton, 62, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Seattle, Washington; and canon for congregational development and leadership of the Diocese of Olympia; and

* The Rev. Martha Sylvia Ovalle Vásquez, 60, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Walnut Creek, California.

Under the canons (III.11.4) of the Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees must consent to the bishop-elect’s ordination as bishop within 120 days of receiving notice of the election.

Pending a successful consent process, the ordination is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.

The Rev. Canon Stokes will succeed the Rt. Rev. George Edward Councell who has served as the diocese’s 11th bishop since 2003.

Biographical information about bishop-elect Stokes is available here:

www.bishopsearchnj.org/candidates/#post-620

stpaulsdelray.org/staffbios.php

View bishop-elect Stoke’s self-introduction video to the people of New Jersey: http://youtu.be/mSbGNkHGQ_s

CONTACT:

The Reverend Gregory Bezilla

Chair, Transition Committee, Diocese of New Jersey

Chaplain, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Rutgers

Office: 732.932.1278

Mobile: 609.240.1554

E-mail: transition@newjersey.anglican.org

Photo Credit: Dot Cellini.

The Reverend Canon William Hallock Stokes

Results of Fifth Ballot — Stokes Elected Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey!

The results of the fifth ballot in the election for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey:

Diocese of New Jersey – Election of XII Bishop — Ballot 5

The report on the results of Ballot No. 5. Note that names are listed in the randomized order that they appear on the ballot.
Name
Total Clergy
Total Lay
Total Votes
The Rev. Canon Melissa M. Skelton44124168
The Rev. Canon William H. Stokes124204328
The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson184058
Voids:022

Clergy votes cast = 186  (clergy majority = 94)

Lay votes cast = 386 (lay majority = 185)

For an election of bishop a majority is required in both the order of laity and the order of clergy.

The Reverend Canon William (“Chip”) H. Stokes is elected bishop

Results of Fourth Ballot — no election

The results of the fourth ballot in the election for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey:

Diocese of New Jersey – Election of XII Bishop — Ballot 4

The report on the results of Ballot No. 4. Note that names are listed in the randomized order that they appear on the ballot.
Name
Total Clergy
Total Lay
Total Votes
The Rev. Canon Melissa M. Skelton46132178
The Rev. Canon Donald J. Muller3912
The Rev. Canon William H. Stokes99148247
The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson3981120
Voids:000

Clergy votes cast = 187 (clergy majority = 94 )

Lay votes cast = 370 (laity majority = 186)

For an election of bishop a majority is required in both the order of laity and the order of clergy.

There is no election.

The following candidate has withdrawn after being notified of the results of ballot 4: The Rev. Canon Donald J. Muller.

Results of Third Ballot — no election

The results of the third ballot in the election for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey:

Diocese of New Jersey – Election of XII Bishop — Ballot 3

The report on the results of Ballot No 3. Note that names are listed in the randomized order that they appear on the ballot.
Name
Total Clergy
Total Lay
Total Votes
The Rev. Canon Melissa M. Skelton51111162
The Rev. Canon Donald J. Muller81927
The Rev. Martha Sylvia Ovalle Vásquez81422
The Rev. Canon William H. Stokes80116196
The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson41102143
Voids:000

Clergy votes cast = 188 (clergy majority = 95)

Lay votes cast = 362 (laity majority = 182)

For an election of bishop a majority is required in both the order of laity and the order of clergy.

There is no election.

The following candidate has withdrawn after being notified of the results of ballot 3: The Rev. Martha Sylvia Ovalle Vásquez.

Results of second ballot — no election

The results of the second ballot in the election for Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey:

Diocese of New Jersey – Election of XII Bishop — Ballot 2

The report on the results of Ballot No 2. Note that names are listed in the randomized order that they appear on the ballot.
Name
Total Clergy
Total Lay
Total Votes
The Rev. Canon Melissa M. Skelton3888126
The Rev. Canon Donald J. Muller183149
The Rev. Martha Sylvia Ovalle Vásquez173148
The Very Rev. René R. John11920
The Rev. Canon William H. Stokes5686142
The Rev. Dr. Joan E. Beilstein61420
The Rev. Canon Dr. Francisco Pozo3912
The Rev. David Anderson82129
The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson3383116
Voids:011

Clergy votes cast = 190 (clergy majority = 96)

Lay votes cast = 372 (laity majority = 187 )

For an election of bishop a majority is required in both the order of laity and the order of clergy.

There is no election.

The following candidates have withdrawn after being notified of the results of ballot 2: The Very Rev. René Rory John; the Rev. Dr. Joan E. Beilstein; the Rev. Canon Dr. Francisco Pozo; and the Rev. David Anderson.