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The Ordination and Consecration – A joyous event!


The Ordination and Consecration of Sally French as the XIII Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey is a joyous event! It will be held on Saturday, June 24 at Trinity Cathedral, 801 West State Street in Trenton, NJ, 08618. https://www.trinitycathedralnj.org/


The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, will be the chief consecrator. Other Episcopal bishops from across the church will serve as co-consecrators. The Rt. Rev. Sally J. French will preside at the Eucharist. Bishop Kevin Robertson of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto will preach at the service. Joining the Ordination and Consecration will be ecumenical representatives from various faith communities.


The following information will help you.

REGISTRATION IS IMPORTANT

All are welcome! There will be reserved seating in the nave, chapel, and a tent outside of Trinity Cathedral for clergy and congregational representatives. If necessary, overflow areas might be established. Since there will be seating available for those who want to be present that day, it is important to register.


Registrations can be made for individual clergy and laity, as well as congregational representatives. Register here

There is assigned seating and you will be directed to your area upon entrance to the cathedral.

Deadline for registration is June 5, 2023. Please observe this deadline so we can accommodate as many people who wish to attend.

PARTICIPATE VIA LIVESTREAM

The Ordination and Consecration will be livestreamed on the Diocesan Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DioceseofNJ/ and YouTube site here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6i-1hwvjcFf0VFCU99JRKA

Here’s an idea - organize a watch party at your parish or home and join in this celebration. Send us a photo of your watch party!

The Ordination and Consecration program is available here: COMING SOON

SPECIAL CHOIR

A special Diocesan Choir to sing for the Ordination and Consecration is being organized. Due to limited seating, we can only accommodate approximately 50 singers, with about 12 or 13 singers per part (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass).

Sign up by responding to the choir section during registration by clicking here. The choir is asked to dress in all black.

PARKING

Parking at Trinity Cathedral will be reserved for those with disabilities or other issues that require on-site parking.

On-street parking in the area around Trinity Cathedral is limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. Additional parking with shuttle van service has been secured at the following locations:

  • The Arthur Holland School parking lot on the corner of 1001 West State St. and Parkside Ave. Follow Parkside Ave. to the rear of the school and enter the gated parking lot. Wait for the shuttle van.

  • State Parking Lot 3 across from the Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market Street. While on Rte. 29 S or Rte. 29 N., take the Market St. exit. At the first light, make a left; Parking Lot 3 is on the left.  Wait for the shuttle van. Shuttles will run from 8:30am to 10:30am and again from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Wear what you would normally wear to a service at your church. Clergy who want to vest and process should wear cassock, surplice, and a white stole. Additional cassocks and surplices will be available for clergy as needed. Bishops who aren’t co-consecrators should wear rochet, chimere, and tippet. Co-consecrating bishops should wear a cope and mitre.

RECEPTION

A reception will follow the Ordination and Consecration on the grounds of Trinity Cathedral and in Synod Hall. In order to accommodate all who will be attending, it is important to RSVP for the reception.

DONATIONS

It is customary for the people of the diocese welcoming a new bishop to join in giving the new bishop various signs of the episcopal office and vestments that will use in ministry. Any additional funds will be given to the bishop’s discretionary fund. Donations can be given here: COMING SOON! Please visit our gifts page for additional information on the gifts.

IMPORTANT LINKS

Bishop-Elect Sally French https://dioceseofnj.org/team/french/

Diocese of New Jersey www.dioceseofnj.org

Trinity Cathedral https://www.trinitycathedralnj.org/

The Episcopal Church www.episcopalchurch.org

Donations/Gifts  https://www.bishopsearchnj.org/menus

KEY POINTS

  • Childcare will not be available.

  • Masking is optional.

  • Trinity Cathedral will open at 7:00 am for those who wish to take photos in the majestic setting.

  • The service will be available live and later on the website. Individual filming will not be tolerated for logistic reasons (including blocking the view of others).

AREA HOTELS

Courtyard by Marriott Ewing/Princeton

360 Scotch Rd., Trenton NJ 08628

(844) 207-5724


Springhill Suites

1000 Charles Ewing Blvd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628

 (609) 530-0900


Hyatt Regency Princeton

102 Carnegie Center Dr, Princeton, NJ 08540

 (609) 987-1234


Quality Inn & Suites (PA528)

Morrisville, PA 19067

7 South Pennsylvania Avenue

 (215) 428-2600

BRIEF WEEKEND SCHEDULE

You'll find the full schedule on the Ordination and Consecration page under the invitation. Click here to review the full schedule. 


Friday, June 23

11:00 am – Clergy Conversation and Lunch with the Presiding Bishop *

All clergy are welcome to attend. Please register, if you are planning to attend.

4:00 pm - Consecration Rehearsal at Trinity Cathedral*

6:00 pm – Reception with diocesan leaders, visiting bishops, and other invitees*

7:00 pm - Dinner with diocesan leaders, visiting bishops, and other invitees*


Saturday, June 24

7:45 am – Signing and sealing of the Ordination Certificate*

Bishop and Spouses Light Breakfast*

8:30 am – Bishops’ Meeting with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry*

9:30 am – Bishops’ Vesting*

                    Clergy Vesting  

10:00 am - Ordination and Consecration Trinity Cathedral

Approx. 12:30 pm - Consecration Reception at Trinity Cathedral


*Events marked with an asterisk are invitation-only.

QUESTIONS?

Email us for more information at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you!

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