Welcoming the Bishop Coadjutor-Elect
On Saturday, 25 March 2023, the Diocese of Maryland elected The Rev'd Carrie Schofield-Broadbent as Bishop Coadjutor. She will work side by side with Bishop Sutton until he retires in the Spring of 2024, and then become the 15th Bishop of Maryland.
The Consecration of the Bishop-Elect is scheduled for 16 September 2023 at Washington Cathedral. The whole diocese is invited to attend in person or to watch the live-stream from home. Each congregation will be asked to provide a banner and a banner-bearer to participate in the procession, and there will be chances for others to volunteer to be chalice-bearers, ushers, and other duties. Canon Gatza serves as co-chair of the Bishop Transition committee, so please be in touch with him if you'd like to help. Since parking is difficult in the Cathedral neighborhood, attendees are encouraged to consider whether hiring a bus for several congregations or a region makes sense.
An important part of the Consecration service is the presentation of the "Symbols of Office" to the new bishop. These include a ring, a pectoral cross, a crozier, a mitre, and a set of vestments to match the mitre. The tradition in Maryland is for the clergy of the diocese to purchase the ring for the bishop, with lay persons contributing to the cost of the other gifts. There are several other items that Bishop-Elect Schofield-Broadbent will need for her new ministry in the course of her first year, traditionally given by her old friends from Central New York as well as new friends from Maryland.
Emmanuel Church encourages you to click THIS LINK to go to the contribution page and make a donation towards these gifts. For those of you who keep track of such things, as donations to the Diocese of Maryland, they are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.