Consecration & Seating
February 24, 2022
Clergy, Spouses, Liturgy Participates, and Invited Guests received an individual email regarding the consecration. If you did not receive the notification, please contact The Rev. Canon d’Rue Hazel.
A Letter to the Diocese from the Transition Committee
Dear Beloved Children of God:
Alleluia! God willing, the IX Bishop of Upper South Carolina will be ordained and consecrated at a glorious service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, at Trinity Cathedral 1100 Sumter Street! The Very Reverend Daniel Paul Richards will become our bishop at a service presided over by The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.
On behalf of the Transition Committee of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, we want to tell you more about this special service and ways in which you and your parish can participate.
As is tradition in the Episcopal Church, the diocese will gift Instruments of Office to the new bishop as part of the consecration service. We need donations from each parish, communally as a parish (through your Vestry) and individually (by person), to pay for the new mitre, crozier, ring, and vestments that will be presented from the Diocese of Upper South Carolina to our new bishop at this service. We hope every parish will contribute something towards these key symbols of office and ministry. If you wish to donate to this fund, please do so at this link.
Attending the Saturday Ordination & Consecration at Trinity
Certain groups within the diocese, including lay leaders and clergy, will receive printed invitations to be seated in the reserved section of the Cathedral. All Episcopalians and the general public are invited to attend the service, but in order to adequately accommodate all who wish to attend, we ask you to register by February 16 at eduscbishopconsecration.eventbrite.com. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from an antigen test administered within 48 hours of the service will be required before entrance to the service is granted. All attendees will be required to wear a KN-95 or N-95 mask while in the church. Masks will be provided at the service. Please understand the difficult circumstances under which we are operating.
The ordination/consecration of a new bishop generally takes at least two hours and will be followed by a reception. We should note that this service will also be live-streamed, so you can join us in real time on your devices if you are unable or prefer not to attend in person.
Thank you for your prayers for our new bishop and all involved in welcoming him to Upper South Carolina!
Yours in Faith,
The Transition Committee
The Rev. Stephen J. Rhoades, St. James, Greenville, Chair
The Rev. Debbie Apoldo, St. Christopher’s, Spartanburg
Ms. Meredith Blocker, St. John’s Columbia
The Very Rev. Dane Boston, Dean, Trinity Cathedral
Ms. Whitney Evans, St. Timothy’s, Columbia
Dr. Norah Grimball, Trinity Cathedral
Dr. Jared Johnson, Canon Organist and Choirmaster, Trinity Cathedral
The Rev. Amanda Robertson, Good Shepherd, York
Kirby Shealy, Esq., Bishop’s Chancellor
Ms. Corliss Wise, St. Luke’s Columbia