Bishop Transition Update: Feb. 26

February 26, 2020
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Register now for Bishop Smith’s farewell celebration

The time has come for the people of the Diocese of Missouri to say their official good-byes to outgoing Bishop Wayne Smith. Meanwhile, we can share a bit more about when registration will open for the ordination of Bishop-elect Deon Johnson.

First things first: The time has come to register for the Celebration of the Ministry of Bishop George Wayne Smith at 11 a.m. on March 28. The Eucharist will be at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust St., St. Louis. Following the service, guests are invited to a farewell luncheon on the fourth floor of the Bishop Tuttle Building at the cathedral.

To register, visit this site and enter the password “bishopsmith10.” You’ll have the opportunity to register for the service and indicate whether you can stay for the luncheon. The deadline to register is March 19. 

Update on ordination registration

Meanwhile, the bishop’s transition committee is dedicated to presenting an ordination service for Bishop-elect Deon for the broadest possible range of diocesan clergy and lay people. The committee is hard at work recruiting participants for the April 25 service from congregations across the breadth of our diocese.

As you can imagine, protocol for this event requires invitations to the bishop-elect’s family and friends; many dignitaries from The Episcopal Church; and civic, ecumenical, interfaith and diocesan representatives. This protocol necessitates a first round of invitations so we can retain the greatest possible capacity for the laity of the diocese.

A representative of your parish or ministry will be informed no later than March 25 how many of their members they can register from your parish for the April 25 ordination. Each parish will determine on its own who will attend and registration of those people will be coordinated by a parish representative.

The transition committee is calculating the number of people each parish can send using a formula similar to congregational representation at diocesan convention. The committee this week will invite parish representatives to two online Q&A sessions scheduled for March 2 and March 11 to learn more about the process.

Watch parties coming

The committee is also coordinating with Christ Church Cathedral to host an official diocesan “watch party” for members who cannot attend the ordination in person. And we are reaching out to other parishes that may wish to host a similar event on their own. We already plan to livestream the service, which will be available on the diocesan website. That is also where you’ll find the most up to date information about planned services and celebrations.

Committee members hear the excitement from members of the diocese about these events and they are grateful for everyone’s patience as we work through the complex details of staging these celebrations.

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