My Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of the 11th Bishop of New Jersey, the Right Reverend George Edward Councell. Bishop George was transferred to hospice care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton this afternoon and died at approximately 6:00 PM this evening. Family and friends were with him. I had an opportunity to say prayers and anoint him, and said commendatory prayers with the family.
We will communicate with the Diocese and the wider Church family about arrangements as soon as details are known.
Please pray for Ruth, their daughters Martha and Sarah, and hold the Councell family in your prayers.
May his soul and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and rise in glory.
Faithfully yours in Christ,
The Right Reverend William H. Stokes
12th Bishop of New Jersey