The Rev. Whayne Hougland, Jr., will be consecrated as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan, (pending the approval by a majority of Standing Committees and Diocesan Bishops of The Episcopal Church), on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm. The Consecration will take place at Calvin College’s Van Noord Arena, 3201 Burton St., Grand Rapids. [Link to campus map at http://www.calvin.edu/map/campusmap.pdf ]. A reception will follow.
The Presiding Bishop and Prelate of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be the chief consecrator, and we look forward to welcoming her for her very first visit to Western Michigan. The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, will preach.
Please plan to attend this joy-filled event. If you have already made other plans for that day, cancel them and come to the Consecration instead! We hope to see many representatives there from every parish in the diocese to help welcome our newest bishop. The arena has plenty of seating and the Transition Team has reserved blocks of rooms in three area hotels so there will be ample space for all who wish to attend what will surely be a wonderful liturgy and celebration. Parking at the arena is limited, so arrive early. Better yet – follow the lead of several parishes and charter a bus!