Wednesday, October 3, 2018

New bishop starts with Hudson visit

From Newark-

"I get up with butterflies," the Right Rev. Carlyle J. Hughes admitted. "This is a fun time for me. ... There is a lot of excitement."

It is understandable because she was elected on May 19 as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark on the first ballot and consecrated at NJPAC last month as the first woman and African American to serve as bishop of this diocese.

At 51, the former corporate trainer will have to summon all her past experience to shepherd her 26,000 parishioners in 98 parishes over most of northern New Jersey to take ownership of a new way of being an Episcopalian in the 21st century.

"I also have 200 priests to get to know quickly," she said. "And to build relationships among churches, clergy and lay leaders."

Hughes' vision of the diocese is "as a hub and network of support for those seeking a loving, compassionate, and just way of life."

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