In rites on November 4-5 at Washington National Cathedral, the Episcopal Church will welcome Katharine Jefferts Schori as its 26th Presiding Bishop.
The Cathedral's 11 a.m. All Saints' Sunday liturgy on November 5 will include the formal seating of Jefferts Schori -- elected to office June 18 during proceedings of the 75th General Convention -- in the Presiding Bishop's cathedra, or official chair. Bishop Jefferts Schori will preside and preach. This service is open to the public but free passes will be required due to seating constraints. For information on these passes, distributed through Washington National Cathedral.Jefferts Schori's Investiture as 26th Presiding Bishop will occur in the context of a Eucharistic celebration at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, when tickets are required due to seating constraints. General-admission tickets may be requested per procedures listed below and also posted online.
During the Investiture, Jefferts Schori will receive symbols of office, including the primatial staff to be presented by the 25th Presiding Bishop, Frank T. Griswold, whose nine-year tenure concludes as Jefferts Schori's begins on November 1.
General-admission tickets for the Saturday Investiture will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis by the Office of the Presiding Bishop, which, in consultation with the Cathedral, has sought to achieve the fairest possible manner of ticket distribution. According to policy detailed below, tickets may be requested no earlier than August 15 and by postal mail only.
A webcast at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/ will carry the Investiture service live online for those viewing around the world. Applications for credentialing of media representatives wishing to cover the Investiture will be made available online on August 15.
As Presiding Bishop, Jefferts Schori, 52, will become chief pastor to the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, which includes more than 2.4 million members in some 7,600 congregations in 111 dioceses spanning 16 countries.
She will also join the Anglican Communion's Primates Meeting, a body of principal bishops who oversee the Communion's 38 member Provinces, of which the Episcopal Church is one.
Jefferts Schori is the first woman in Anglicanism's five-century history to serve in this capacity. She has served as bishop of the Diocese of Nevada since 2001. A former university professor, Jefferts Schori is an experienced oceanographer and airplane pilot. She and her husband, Richard Miles Schori, a retired theoretical mathematician, have one daughter, Katharine Johanna, 25, who is a first lieutenant and pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Known as a "house of prayer for all people" and "a great church for national purposes," Washington Cathedral is located on Mount Saint Alban at Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues in the Northwest district of Washington, D.C. In 2007 the Cathedral will celebrate its centennial of service as the central church of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
The Rev. Carol L. Wade, the Cathedral's canon precentor, is coordinating the Investiture liturgy on behalf of Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III in collaboration with the Presiding Bishop's Office.
There has been a great interest in receiving tickets for the Investiture of the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori as the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Determined in consultation with the Washington National Cathedral, the fairest way to distribute general admission tickets will be in the following manner.
Requests must be mailed to: The Office of the Presiding Bishop, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017. They must be mailed and be postmarked no earlier than August 15, 2006. Tickets will be distributed on the basis of when requests were mailed (not received).
Each request may include the names of up to two people
- No requests for groups will be honored
- No requests by e-mail or fax will be accepted
- The request for tickets should include a self-addressed stamped envelope in which tickets will be sent or in which you will be informed that tickets are not available
- Tickets will be mailed the first week after Labor Day. Included in the mailing will be information about access to The Cathedral and when the doors will be opened.