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MEDIA ADVISORY: Episcopal Diocese of Newark to make history with consecration of 11th Bishop

Bishops of Newark
Nina Nicholson, Director of Communications

Episcopal Diocese of Newark to make history
with consecration of 11th Bishop

The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes to become first female and first African American Bishop of Newark
Media conference Sept. 21; Consecration service Sept. 22; Two public worship services Sept. 23

[September 10, 2018] The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes will be consecrated the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark on Saturday, September 22, at 11 AM, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. She was elected on May 19, 2018 on the first ballot and will be the first woman and first African-American to serve the Diocese of Newark as diocesan bishop.
Click here for Bishop-elect Hughes’ bio, vision for the Diocese of Newark, and official photos.
Click here to learn more about the Consecration of an Episcopal Bishop.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will officiate as Chief Consecrator. On the same day Hughes was elected bishop, Presiding Bishop Curry made headlines around the world for his sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Click here for Presiding Bishop Curry’s bio and official photos.

Upon Bishop-elect Hughes' consecration, the Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith will retire, concluding nearly 12 years of service as the 10th Bishop of Newark. During his tenure he has been a leader on issues of social justice; co-founded and co-chaired Bishops United Against Gun Violence; and co-hosted NJTV’s A Matter of Faith with a Bishop, an Imam and a Rabbi.
Click here for Bishop Beckwith’s bio and official photo.

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark comprises the northern third of New Jersey, with congregations in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren and Union counties, and includes the two largest cities in the state, Newark and Jersey City. A passion for diversity and inclusion has called the diocese to be among the leading advocates for equality and justice for all people.
Click here for more about the Diocese of Newark.
Click here for more about the Episcopal Church.

Three days of media opportunities September 21-23

Friday, September 21

Media conference: 9:30 - 10 AM in Newark
Doors open at 9 AM.
Location: Episcopal House, 31 Mulberry Street in Newark (directions and parking)

Presiding Bishop Curry, Bishop-elect Hughes and Bishop Beckwith will all participate. There will be online access for media not able to attend.
Pre-registration for media is required by 5 PM Wednesday, Sept. 19; contact Nina Nicholson, Director of Communications, at

Saturday, September 22

Consecration service: 11 AM at NJPAC in Newark
Doors open: 9:45 AM. Attendees seated by 10:30 AM.
Location: NJPAC, 1 Center Street in Newark

A livestream of the Consecration service can be viewed at
Media representatives wishing to attend the Consecration service must secure credentials by 5 PM Wednesday, Sept. 19; contact Nina Nicholson, at

Sunday, September 23

Public worship service: 10 AM in Jersey City
Location: Ferris Triangle Park, across from Triangle Park Community Center, 247 Old Bergen Road in Jersey City

The new Bishop will preside and preach at an outdoor service for the combined congregations of the Jersey City Episcopal churches. The public is welcome to attend.

Formal Seating of the 11th Bishop: 3 PM in Newark
Location: Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, 608 Broad Street in Newark

The new Bishop will be formally welcomed and seated in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Newark and will preside and preach at a service of Evening Prayer. The public is welcome to attend.

Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral began in 1746 as Trinity Church, when it received its charter from King George II. The original building was destroyed during the Revolutionary War; the current building, completed in 1810, is the nation’s oldest Episcopal cathedral building.

For more information contact:
Nina Nicholson
Director of Communications
The Episcopal Diocese of Newark
973-430-9907 (w)