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Church set to welcome 26th Presiding Bishop
Transition continues in advance of November 4 Investiture


ENS Photo by Bob Williams
Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori   (ENS Photo by Bob Williams)

[Episcopal News Service]  In the three weeks before she formally takes office as the Episcopal Church's 26th Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori will complete her work as bishop of the Diocese of Nevada while also entering more fully into the national and international ministry to which she has been elected.

Jefferts Schori officially becomes the 26th Presiding Bishop and Pastor of the Episcopal Church on November 1, and her formal Investiture will occur Saturday, November 4, in Washington National Cathedral. (See related articles)

Her final day in the Nevada bishop's office will be October 25. She will depart having been thanked by the Diocesan Convention for her five-plus years of ministry as bishop. Since becoming Presiding Bishop-elect on June 18, Jefferts Schori has also made a point of visiting as many as possible of the Nevada diocese congregations.

"It is important for me to leave Nevada well," she said, noting her awareness of the fact that the diocese's two previous bishops have died in office.

Before arriving for meetings at the Episcopal Church Center in New York on October 30, Jefferts Schori and Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold will travel to London where the two have accepted an invitation -- extended some months ago -- to meet with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. At Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop's official residence in London, Griswold will introduce Jefferts Schori to Williams for the first time.

The morning meeting at Lambeth Palace will occur the week prior to the beginning of Jefferts Schori's nine-year term as Presiding Bishop. She will also become one of the Anglican Communion's 38 Primates, or principal leaders.

Before the Investiture at Washington National Cathedral, Jefferts Schori will complete various media interviews, including taping for a segment of NBC's Today Show, set to air Friday morning, November 3, nationwide. Today Show co-host Meredith Vieira is scheduled to conduct the interview, to be taped at New York's General Theological Seminary.

A webcast -- set to begin just before 11 a.m. on November 4 at -- will carry the Investiture liturgy live from the cathedral, where seating has been ticketed given the large number of persons wishing to attend.

Thousands of requests for tickets were processed in the order received, and capacity was reached immediately among the first batch of letters postmarked August 15 in accordance with ticket guidelines. Responding to those letters postmarked August 15, tickets have also been allocated in equal proportion across the Church's nine geographic provinces.

In addition, the Cathedral has issued passes for the All Saints Sunday service that will include Jefferts Schori's official seating in the landmark church's chancel the morning following her Investiture. She will preach during both the Investiture and Seating liturgies.

Further information about Jefferts Schori is available at the Episcopal News Service website.