Sunday, May 5, 2013

'Prophetic' Florida rector selected as the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey's twelfth bishop

From New Jersey-

The Rev. William Stokes, who has been an advocate in Florida for immigrants and the poor, was elected yesterday to be the bishop of New Jersey, the sixth largest diocese in the Episcopal church.

He will replace Bishop George Councell, who announced earlier this year, that he would pass on his mantle after nearly 10 years.

“I am humbled beyond expression and deeply honored to have been elected as the Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey. I am grateful to the people of the diocese for their confidence, support and prayers,” Stokes said in a church press release.

Stokes, currently rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Florida, was elected after he received 328 votes, capturing the required majority vote of both lay people and clergy members. More than 600 clergy and lay deputies representing 150 churches voted for nine men and women from seven different Episcopal Church dioceses nationwide in the election.

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