Trinity Cathedral presents Bishop of New Jersey with ‘Mets Mitre’

Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey
Posted Jun 6, 2023

The Right Reverend William H. “Chip” Stokes, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, is a lifelong Mets fanatic. In honor of his upcoming retirement at the end of June, the congregation of Trinity Cathedral in Trenton—one of 134 congregations in the diocese—presented him with a “Mets Mitre,” the traditional headwear of a bishop, emblazoned with a very nontraditional Mets logo and baseball stitching.

Bishop Stokes’ retirement will take effect with the ordination and consecration on June 24 of the Rev. Dr. Sally French as the XIII Bishop of New Jersey. The Rev. French will be the first woman to serve as bishop of the second-oldest Episcopal Diocese, founded in 1785.

The Very Rev. René John, Dean of the Cathedral, presented Stokes with the mitre near the end of the final official church visitation of his nearly 10 years as bishop of the diocese. “This is fabulous,” the bishop exclaimed as he modeled the mitre for the congregation.

The Ordination and Consecration of the XIII Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey will take place at Trinity Cathedral on June 24 at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited, though advance registration is required. The service will also be carried live on diocesan social media channels—YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter—and the diocesan web site at dioceseofnj.org/live

About the Diocese: Founded in 1785, the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, headquartered in Trenton, consists of more than 130 congregations in the southern 2/3 of the state. We have one purpose: To form people as disciples of Jesus Christ so that they can participate in God’s mission of reconciliation in the world. Learn more at dioceseofnj.org

About Bishop Stokes: Prior to becoming the Bishop of New Jersey in 2013, Bishop Stokes served as the Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Florida, Associate for Christian Education at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, and School Chaplain and Curate to Grace Episcopal Church and Day School in Massapequa, Long Island. He is a recognized preacher and Christian educator. He has been active in the area of anti-racism, is a certified trainer in multi-culturalism and anti-racism and was a member of the Committee on Anti-Racism for the Episcopal Church. He has served at many levels of governance in the Episcopal Church. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of General Theological Seminary. He and his wife Susan live in Trenton. They have four grown children, and several grandchildren. Bishop Stokes will retire in June 2023. He and Susan plan to live in St. Augustine, Florida.

About Bishop-Elect French: The Rev. Dr. Sally French was elected to be 13th Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey on Jan. 28, 2023, and is expected to be consecrated and seated on June 24. Prior to her election, Bishop-Elect French served as Canon for Regional Ministry and Collaborative Innovation in the Diocese of North Carolina. Her work provides congregational support to churches in the diocese’s Raleigh, Durham, and Rocky Mount. She works with clergy and lay leaders to strengthen vitality and foster collaboration. Bishop-Elect French is married to the Rev. Clarke French, who is the interim rector at St. Peter’s, Pine Street, in downtown Philadelphia, and they are parents to teenagers Jack and Libby.


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