Megan McClure Traquair consecrated eighth bishop of Northern California
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry places his seal of approval on Bishop Megan's consecration certificate.
Excited crowds arrived from across the diocese donning the festival color (red).
Deacon Cindy Woods and Rev. Bayani Rico serve as gospellers.
All bishops present laid their hands on Bishop Megan and collectively prayed for her ministry.
The five consecrating bishops and the Presiding Bishop praying.
With family on stage with her, Rev. Megan is presented as bishop.
Bishop Megan says her first Eucharist as bishop.
More photos are available on the diocesan Facebook page.
Today, the Rt. Rev. Megan McClure Traquair was ordained and consecrated the eighth bishop, and first female bishop, of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The consecration took place at the Mondavi Center in Davis, where more than 1400 people gathered in celebration.

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church was the chief consecrator, along with five other consecrating bishops, including the Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner, seventh bishop of the Diocese of Northern California; the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, third bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real; the Rev. Mark W. Holmerud, fourth bishop of the Sierra-Pacific Synod, ELCA; the Rt. Rev. José McLoughlin, seventh bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina; and the Rt. Rev. Greg H. Rickel, eighth bishop of the Diocese of Olympia.

The guest preacher was the Rev. Bruce Jackson, rector of St. John the Baptist in Glendale, Arizona. Bishop Megan chose Rev. Bruce to preach at her consecration because of his dynamic preaching style, and he was also the Traquair's rector in Arizona.

Bishop Megan has deep roots in California. She was raised in Santa Barbara when it was a sleepy town, graduated from Pomona College in Claremont and received her MDiv at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Ordained in 1992 in the Diocese of Los Angeles she has led congregations in Tucson, towns near South Bend and Indianapolis, and Los Angeles.

Bishop Megan's first official visitation will be the first Sunday in July. Below is a list of visitations for the month of July.

  • July 7: Church of the Epiphany, Vacaville
  • July 14: Good Shepherd, Susanville
  • July 21: Our Saviour, Placerville
  • July 28: St. Francis, Fortuna

Here is a link to the video of the consecration.
A message from Bishop Megan
Dear Friends in Christ,
When I first arrived in Sacramento I learned that it was a city that prided itself on excellent Farm to Fork dining. But traveling around our whole region I see that it is a moveable feast of wine, cheese, olive oil, honey and nuts. I seem to have joined a “Foodie” Diocese - Hallelujah! We love to feast well.
We feasted very recently at the magnificent celebration of Ordination and Consecration. We had a repast of Word, music, preaching, prayer, vows, communion and sending out. Did you know that even the wine we used came from the hands of parish members who are vintners by trade? You could say that we got it straight from the source. This has been our pattern as Christians from the very start: feeding and sending. It is a key part of what a Jesus-shaped life looks like. 
In the coming months we explore what it is to have a Jesus-shaped life here in Northern California. The idea of a life shaped by Jesus Christ is a very old one. You could call it by its formal name of a Rule of Life, or call it our habitus - the active practice of a believer. Or you can call it The Way of Love.  
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has offered us a wonderful tool for building up just such habits ourselves. In The Way of Love he has pointed us toward a very modern yet ancient movement where we: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest.

As a Diocese that values both feeding the hungry and enjoying excellent local food, this is a natural for us - in this practice we are not only shaped, but fed.
Always, after feeding comes the sending. This is the rewarding challenge to congregations - of any size and location - to become deeply (or more deeply) engaged in our surrounding community. If God has pitched his tent among us in the Incarnation then we must do the same, becoming known as true neighbors to those around our places of worship. Each parish has a set of gifts that can uniquely meet community needs around them. Finding that overlap is the work of trust and the Holy Spirit and is a source of great missionary energy.
I do not know what shape all of this engagement will take. But one function of Diocesan structure is to bring up resources to the congregations where the flowering of mission takes place. In the coming year I hope to set up short term Resource Stations in several of our outermost areas. This means that not only the Bishop, but some of the team from the Office of the Bishop, will hit the road to bring resources and a listening ear to our areas that are not urban and are known for their resourcefulness and resilience.
I pray this will be a Holy Spirit led experiment in service and equipping, in feeding and sending. We are living in a time when a nimble willingness to try a new solution, analyze its effect, and try again, is key to our thriving.
I cannot wait to see how we discover and serve God in our years together. We have already set out, as the joined people of God, on the long walk of faith. We will certainly be well fed, and we will discover that it is, in fact, The Way of Love.
In Christ,