June 22 23: The Ordination and Consecration of the Tenth Bishop of Maine
- A weekend of prayerful celebration -
The Reverend Thomas James Brown will be Ordained and Consecrated as the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on Saturday June 22nd. The service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street in Portland. An informal reception will follow on the lawn of the Cathedral.
Attendance and tickets
Due to space and seating limitations, tickets are by invitation and are required to attend the service. Information regarding how to RSVP for the eight tickets allotted to each congregation has been emailed to priests, wardens and parish administrators. (If you are a congregation that has not received this email or you have questions, please be in touch with Kate Wing at
.) Invitations for canonically resident clergy (active and retired) and non-canonical, licensed, priests-in-charge and other guests was shared this week. The diocese regrets that not everyone can be accommodated, and will be maintaining a wait list. To include your name on this list, please CLICK HERE
Watch the ceremony live via YouTube
The Ordination and Consecration service will be live-streamed on the diocesan website, www.episcopalmaine.org
beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22nd. Gatherings at your Parish or in homes to view the live-streamed liturgy are encouraged and downloadable copies of the service will be available at www.episcopalmaine.org
Information about the liturgy
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church will be the chief-consecrator. The Reverend Barbara K. Lundblad, a Lutheran pastor and a retried homiletics professor, will preach.
Please note: Deacons and Priests attending are invited to vest and process (cassock, surplice, and white or festive stole); Bishops are invited to wear rochet, chimere, and tippet. If you are a clergyperson and need more information, please be in touch with Barbara Martin at
Worship Services Sunday, June 23rd
The 10th Bishop of Maine will preach and preside at the Holy Eucharist at St. Mark’s Church in Waterville, at 9:15 a.m.
Presiding Bishop Curry
will preach at Ocean Park, a historic ecumenical community also known as "Chautauqua-by-the-Sea" at 10:30 a.m. Sign up here
. Visit http://oceanpark.org
The 8th Bishop of Maine, the Right Reverend Chilton R. Knudsen, assisting bishop of Washington, will preach at both morning services at the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Portland.
Information for youth and young people of the Diocese of Maine
Youth are invited to the Bishop Celebration Overnight, hosted at St. David's in Kennebunk. This will include a viewing party of the Consecration, complete with Bishop BINGO, as well as worship with the Presiding Bishop at Ocean Park on Sunday. For more information and to register, please visit maineyouth.org, or contact Sara D'Angio White at email@example.com.
Save-the-Date: Formal Seating of Bishop Thomas James Brown on October 26
On Saturday, October 26th, following business at the 200th Convention of the Diocese and Bicentennial Celebration Kick-off, the newly consecrated bishop will be formally welcomed at the Cathedral of Saint Luke in Portland and seated in the cathedra, or bishop’s chair, that is symbolic of the bishop’s office. More information about how you can attend this service will be shared here at episcopalmaine.org/convention/maine2019
Read more about The Rev. Thomas James Brown here.