In This Edition
Upcoming Diocesan Offerings
May 20
Choir Camp Reunion and Installation of Canons
Trinity Cathedral

May 20
St. Bartholomew's,  
Cherry Hill

May 20
Safe Church Training
St. Stephen's,
Mullica Hill

May 21
Senior Baccalaureate Service
Trinity Cathedral

June 3
Come to the Table
Trinity Cathedral Chapel, Trenton

June 5-9
Appreciative Leadership
Crowne Plaza, Plainsboro

June 10    
St Mark's

June 10
Floral Ministries Workshop
Trinity Cathedral

June 11
Cathedral Sunday
Trinity Cathedral

June 17
Animal Welfare Ministry Forum
Trinity Cathedral 

July 10-14
Episcopal Youth Event
University of Central Oklahoma  

July 23-27
Choir Camp
Cape May 
Upcoming Congregational Events
May 13
From Amistad to the White House
St. Augustine's
Asbury Park
May 13
Pet-Friendly Service
St. George's
Trinity Church

May 21
St. Francis'

May 31
Holy Trinity
South River

June 3
St. James'
Bradley, Beach 

St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
June 14
Holy Trinity
South River

June 11
Christ Church
New Brunswick
St. Stephen's
St. Mark's
St. Bartholomew's
Cherry Hill
St. Mark and All Saints'
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Organist needed! Christ Church, Middletown is seeking an Organist/Music Director. Learn more.

Spend a week at Cross Roads Camp! Cross Roads is seeking a nurse for the week of August 12-19! Come enjoy and be part of camp, care for campers, and even get paid for it! To get details contact Bonnie, Nursing Administrator
Several frontals and superfrontals, processional crosses, chalices, patens, cruets, pascal candles, and a variety of stoles, chasubles, and other vestments are on offer in Diocesan House. For more information contact Allie Graham or The Rev. Richard Wrede.
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May 12, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, 'Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.' Isaiah 38:1

This coming Sunday is both the 5th Sunday of Easter and Mother's Day. I am looking forward to visiting St. Paul's, Westfield for a visitation with Confirmations. I'm confident the day will be both festive and well attended as Mother's Day is always a day when churches see increased attendance.

Five others from the Diocese of New Jersey and I have just returned from Project Resource Training. Project Resource is an initiative sponsored by The Episcopal Church's College for Bishops, the Episcopal Church Foundation, and the Development Office of The Episcopal Church to train diocesan teams in holistic stewardship. This is the second time the Diocese of New Jersey has sent a team. The training is first rate.

During the course of the training, we considered will and estate planning. It strikes me that Mother's Day is an opportune time to raise the issues of end of life planning. It is estimated that only 44% of people in the United States have a will. More disturbingly, only 14% of people under age 30 have a will ( Many people, including young parents, put off having a will prepared. This is regrettable.

While the idea of death and dying is challenging for many to consider, it is a fact of life, as is it that "none of us knows the day or the hour" (Matthew 24:26). As someone who drives on the New Jersey Turnpike almost every day, I can't help being aware of this reality.

A will makes clear what a person wishes to have happen around important areas of life when he or she dies. In the case of parents, a will may state how children will be cared for in the tragic event parents die during the children's minority. Wills determine how and to whom assets will be distributed. When persons die intestate (without a will) there can be real complications. Having a will not only makes sense, it is an act of love.

It is also important to have Advanced Directives and to appoint a Health Care Proxy and/or a Power of Attorney who can oversee life matters for you in the event you become critically ill, injured and/or incapacitated. Careful preparation of advance directives allows you a means to determine the kinds of situations for which you want care or not. They provide family members with clear guidance about your desires so they can provide doctors and hospitals with informed directions about your care.
Preparing funeral arrangements in advance is also an act of love for family members. Why leave this up to those you love when they are upset and distraught?

As we observe Mother's Day and the 5th Sunday of Easter, it's a good time to consider these very real acts of love. It's also a part of our Christian responsibility. The Book of Common Prayer makes this clear, stating:

The Minister of the Congregation is directed to instruct the people, from time to time, about the duty of Christian parents to make prudent provision for the well-being of their families, and of all persons to make wills, while they are in health, arranging for the disposal of their temporal goods, not neglecting, if they are able, to leave bequests for religious and charitable use. (Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child - BCP p. 445)
Blessings and peace. Happy Mother's Day to all the women of the Diocese of New Jersey. You are our spiritual mothers in Christ.
Faithfully in Christ,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey

Good News stories and more!
Woodbury Blesses Firetrucks 
for St. Florian's Day

Christ Church, Woodbury honored first responders in times of emergency with a blessing of 20 trucks and equipment on Sunday, May 7th, commemorating the feast of St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. Read on.

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Annual Meeting and UTO
Ingathering of the
Diocesan ECW

Saturday, May 20
Grace-St. Paul, Mercerville
10:00 am Eucharist
The Rt Reverend William H.  Stokes, celebrant
Robin Wilson Broughton, soloist 

The business meeting of the Diocesan ECW will begin immediately following the Eucharist
Deacon Trisha Thorme will speak on the Diocese's Sustainable Goals Task Force's efforts to combat human trafficking, followed by a catered lunch.
Register now. 

Installation of Canons
and Choir Camp Reunion

Saturday, May 20th, 4:00pm
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

To be installed:
The Rev. Arthur P. Powell   
The Rev. E. Walton Zelley, Jr. 

The Rev. Clive Sang, Dcn.,
Canon Missioner For Black Ministries
The Very Rev. Richard C.  Wrede, Archivist/Historiographer

Know some young singers who would like to give Choir Camp a try? Invite them to come sing with us!  The music should be familiar to former campers. There is a  2pm rehearsal for all singers. Bring vestments if you have them, the rest will be provided. Any boy or girl age 10+ is welcome to sing. Those planning to sing should RSVP to

Spring Convocation Meetings Announced

Locations of the  Discerning our Common Call  discussions are listed below.


Tuesday, 5/16 7:00 pm
6:00 p.m. Eucharist
St. Peter's,
Perth Amboy

Monday 5/22
6:00 p.m.
St. George's,
Tuesday, 5/23
7:00 p.m.
Grace-St. Paul's,
Thursday, 5/25 7:00 pm
(Begins with Eucharist)
St. Stephen's,
Sunday, 6/4
3:00 p.m.
St. Mark's,
Basking Ridge
Wednesday, 6/7
7:00 p.m.
Christ Church,
Toms River
Summer internship program of the Diocese of New Jersey
The Diocesan Committee on the Priesthood is accepting applications for a summer internship in a local Episcopal congregation (stipend provided).

The purpose of the internship is to help college students and college-age young adults to explore the possibility of ordained ministry as a vocation.
Details of the program and application are available by contacting the Rev. Ophelia Laughlin (732) 842-0596.  The deadline for receipt of applications is
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.

Volunteer Prison Chaplaincy Opportunity
The NJ Dept. of Corrections, under a new program directed by  the Rev. Jose Lopez, Volunteer Chaplain Coordinator, is accepting names of both lay and ordained persons who wish to be volunteer chaplains in any of the NJ institutions.

An I.D. will be given to those who complete a three part program of 1) an interview 2) fingerprinting and photo  I.D.  3) Training. The newly streamlined process will take no more than 2 days.

If you are interested please email or call (973-235-1177) The Rev. Pamela Bakal, President of  Prison Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618