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Consecration weekend coverage

The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, 10th Bishop of Newark, passes the diocesan crozier to the Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, newly-consecrated 11th Bishop of Newark. CYNTHIA L. BLACK PHOTO
The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, 10th Bishop of Newark, passes the diocesan crozier to the Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, newly-consecrated 11th Bishop of Newark, as Presiding Bishop Curry watches. CYNTHIA L. BLACK PHOTO

The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark at 11 AM on Saturday, September 22, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. More than 2000 people attended the consecration service, and nearly 200 others from around the world joined the service by live-streaming video. The presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, led the service as chief consecrator.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a 17-minute video of consecration highlights.

Read the Episcopal News Service article.

Watch the NJTV coverage (starts at 16:58).

The Rev. Brenda Husson, rector of St. James’ Church in Manhattan, was the preacher for the service. Read the sermon text and watch the video.

The service was a festive celebration, with music led by a choir of more than 300 singers, including a children's choir of more than 60. There was a mix of traditional and Gospel music, accented by a brass quintet, a jazz pianist, African drums and bagpipes, as well as the traditional organ. The service opened with a liturgical dance. Watch the liturgical dance video.

On Sunday, September 23, the newly-consecrated bishop was formally welcomed at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral in Newark at a 3 PM service of Choral Evensong, and was seated in the cathedra, or bishop’s chair, that is symbolic of the bishop’s office.

Earlier that day, Hughes led morning worship at an outdoor service for the combined congregations of the Episcopal churches in Jersey City. Read the Jersey Journal article.

At the same time, Curry led worship at St. Paul’s Church in Paterson. Go to the separate article and photo gallery.

On Friday, September 21, the clergy of the diocese met with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry while clergy spouses met separately with Mrs. Sharon Curry, then the two groups joined for lunch. Click here to download the clergy group photo.

Photo gallery

Contains 211 photos from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23.