Reeves to Serve as Chief Consecrator; Matthews to Speak at Clergy Luncheon
The Office of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has announced that health concerns will prohibit him from participating in the consecration of the Rev. Dr. Sally J. French as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey on June 24. The Chief Consecrator at the ceremony will be the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray Reeves, Vice President of the House of Bishops and former Bishop of El Camino Real in California.
“The necessary process of diagnostic appointments, treatment, and follow-up will take some weeks,” the Office of Public Affairs said in a statement. “To prioritize rest, and in keeping with doctors’ orders to avoid air travel in the near term, Bishop Curry will not do any in-person events for the remainder of June.” Curry was hospitalized over Memorial Day Weekend for mild internal bleeding and a new instance of heart arrhythmia.
“While I am disappointed to learn that Bishop Curry will not be with us later this month, I am glad that he will be taking time to rest and heal,” said French. “Please join me in praying for health and strength for our Presiding Bishop, for comfort for his family, and for wisdom for his medical team. I give thanks for the Presiding Bishop’s staff and the support they have offered to the Diocese of New Jersey, and I am looking forward to their presence with us on June 24.”
For the clergy luncheon on June 23 the Rt. Rev. Victoria Matthews, the first woman ordained a bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada, will take Curry’s place as speaker.
The Ordination and Consecration of the XIII Bishop of New Jersey will be held at 10:00 a.m. on June 24 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. The public is invited to attend the consecration either in person or online at dioceseofnj.org/live, or at diocesan social media channels. In-person attendance requires advance registration.
Statement from Office of Public Affairs
Following a recent hospital stay that detected internal bleeding and a new instance of heart arrhythmia, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is receiving thorough testing and monitoring to understand the relationship between his medication for atrial fibrillation and the episode of internal bleeding.
The necessary process of diagnostic appointments, treatment, and follow-up will take some weeks. To prioritize rest, and in keeping with doctors’ orders to avoid air travel in the near term, Bishop Curry will not do any in-person events for the remainder of June.
Bishop Curry remains grateful for the outpouring of prayers and well wishes, and he covets your support moving forward. The Office of Public Affairs will share updates as they become available.