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1. What is the date, place, and time of the ordination?

The ordination will be Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN  46208.  The last (of four) processions will begin at 11:00 a.m.
2.  What time should I arrive at Clowes Hall on the day of the ordination?

  • Bishops should arrive by 8:00 a.m. for the Bishops’ Breakfast and Meeting.
  • Banners and stands should be set up in the lobby by 8:45 a.m.
  • Clergy and laity who will be processing should arrive by 9:00 a.m.
  • All others should be seated by 10:15 a.m. The prelude begins at 10:35.

3.  Is parking available nearby?
Parking is available in the garage adjacent to Clowes Hall, and on the street. Entrance to the garage can be slow for big events, so please allow extra time. Carpooling is encouraged.  This link will give you more details about parking plus handicapped information.
Buses may drop off passengers at the main door, but buses must park at Hinkle Field House.
4.  What if I did not RSVP?
Nobody will be turned away and tickets are not required, however, there is still time to let us know you are coming! Go to the reservation link at This will assist us immensely as final planning details are put in place.
5.  Will the Ordination be available online?
Yes, it will be webcast. Go to

6.  Who should plan to process?  (The first procession begins at 10:45.)

  • Procession 1: Civic Leaders, Members of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, Provincial Officers, Members of the Diocesan Executive Council, Diocesan Staff, Diocesan Youth Leaders, Representatives of the Standing, Search, and Transition Committees.
  • Procession 2: Presenters of Bishop-Elect, Readers of Testimonials, Presenters of the signs of Office, Litanist, Lectors, and Ministers of Communion.
  • Procession 3: Deacon Formation Candidates, Seminarians, Seminary Deans, Ecumenical and Interfaith Representatives, and Episcopal (and Anglican Communion and full communion partner) Clergy. 
  • Procession 4:  the Bishop-elect, Supernumerary Bishops, Deacons of the Gospel and Table, Preacher, Co-consecrating Bishops and Presiding Bishop.

7.  I’m processing. What do I wear?

  • Vergers, banner-bearers, thurifers, crucifers, torch-bearers, and eucharistic ministers: bring the vestments you would wear on a normal Sunday.
  • Supernumerary Episcopal bishops should wear rochet, chimere, and tippet.
  • Episcopal priests and deacons should wear either cassock and surplice or an alb, along with a white stole.
  • Ecumenical and interfaith representatives should vest according to your own tradition.
    Civil dignitaries, members of diocesan committees, and lectors in procession will not need to vest.

8.  I’m processing. Where do I go?
Processions will assemble in the lower level/undercroft of Clowes Hall. There will be four or five gathering areas depending on where in the procession you will be. Greeters in the lobby and in the undercroft will direct you where you need to go. 
9.  I’m processing but have dual or triple roles (e.g., a member of the Search Committee and reader of a testimonial).  I could be in multiple parts of the procession. How do I determine where I should be? 
Greeters in the lobby or lower level/undercroft will help you with this. Generally, functions in the service will be the more important consideration for the procession. In the above example, we would want you to process with the other readers of testimonials rather than with the Search Committee.
10.  I’m processing. What, besides vestments, should I bring? 

  • Banner bearers should bring banners and stands. Be sure to mark the name of your congregation on your stand. Stands will be set up inside the lobby of the theater where the banners will be placed after the processions.
  • You may wish to bring a snack to enjoy while you wait. (There are also vending machines in the lower level/undercroft). Otherwise, bring as little as possible, as space is at a premium.
  • There are no secure lockers, so it is best not to bring valuable items.
  • The entire service is printed in the leaflet, so there is no need to bring prayer books or hymnals.

11.   Will gluten free communion bread be available?

All communion bread at this event will be gluten free.
12.  Will Incense be used?

13.  Are there rehearsals? 


  • The main rehearsal, conducted by the Canon to the Presiding Bishop, will be in Clowes Hall on Friday 4/28, at 4:00 PM.  Co-consecrating bishops, bishops chaplains, deacons of the gospel and table, lectors, presenters, readers of testimonials, and presenters of gifts should be there. NO ONE ELSE PLEASE unless directly invited.
  • The choir will rehearse in Clowes Hall on Friday 4/28, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Rehearsals for vergers, marshals, ushers, and acolytes will be conducted separately (time TBD, please stay tuned and be sure to check your email for more information).

14.  What other events are scheduled for the weekend?

Friday, April 28:

  • 10:00 a.m.: Presiding Bishop meets with clergy of the diocese at St. Richard’s School, and the Presiding Bishop’s spouse meets with clergy spouses at Trinity, Indianapolis.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Clergy and spouses will share lunch together.
  • 1:00 p.m.: Presiding Bishop and Bishop-Elect will take questions from the media at Trinity.
  •  5:00 p.m.: Women of Color Clergy Reception at Christ Church Cathedral.
  •  6.30 p.m.: Reception hosted by Union of Black Episcopalians at Christ Church Cathedral

Sunday, April 30:

  • 10:30 a.m.:  Presiding Bishop will visit St. David’s, Bean Blossom
  • 11:00 a.m.: Seating of the New Bishop at Christ Church Cathedral followed by a block party

Welcome to Consecration Week!

Welcome to Consecration Week! 

Consecrating and Seating Bishop-Elect The Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows as the eleventh bishop of the Diocese.

Bishop-Elect The Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

Presiding Bishop The Most Reverend Michael Curry


The Schedule of Events

Friday, April 28

  • Presiding Bishop Clergy Meeting and Luncheon, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at St. Richard’s School. All priests and deacons are invited. Please RSVP here.
  • Media Event for PB and Bishop Elect 1 p.m.–1:30 p.m., Lilly Room, Trinity Episcopal Church
    Rehearsal, 4 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall
  • Consecration Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m.–9 p.m at Clowes
  • Women of Color Clergy Reception, 5–7 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral (CCC)
  • Reception hosted by the Union of Black Episcopalians, 6:30–8 p.m., at CCC
  • Bishop’s Dinner (Bishops and spouses only), 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., at Columbia Club

Saturday, April 29

  • Bishop’s Breakfast, (Bishops only), 8 a.m. at Clowes
  • Consecration Choir Rehearsal, 8:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m. at Clowes
  • Ordination and Consecration. The Consecration and Ordination of The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Plan to arrive early. Prelude at 10:30 a.m., then two processions before beginning the 11 a.m. liturgy at Clowes. 

Sunday, April 30

  • Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation, 10:30 a.m., at St. David’s, Bean Blossom
    (Coming from the north, SR 135 is closed just before St. David’s. Stay on 135 and take Railroad Rd. to SR 45 and turn left to St. David’s. Here is a map. ) Please carpool to St. David’s…parking is very limited
  • Bishop’s Seating, 11 a.m., at Christ Church Cathedral, a party to follow.

Celebrating Twenty Years of Ministry as Bishop

We began this special week by celebrating twenty years of ministry with Bishop Cate Waynick. See more in the Featured News.

For her Celebration of Ministry Bishop Cate wrote a prayer. Here is that prayer accompanied by pictures of Bishop Cate throughout her ministry as the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.


Want to send a message to the current bishop or bishop-elect?

The Right Rev. Catherine Waynick, Bishop

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop Elect 

1100 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis IN 46208

Diocesan office phone numbers
317 926-5454
800 669-5786

April 22, 2017: Celebrating Bishop Cate's Ministry
On Saturday, April 22, we celebrated Bishop Catherine Waynick’s twenty-year ministry as our Bishop. View a recording of the celebration and a photo gallery. A copy of the service bulletin is also available to download here ...
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Confirmation 2017 Schedule

Confirmation 2017 Schedule
The schedule for this year's Confirmations has been released ...
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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Easter 2017

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Easter 2017
[Episcopal News Service] “Go forth to be people of the Resurrection,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2017 message ...
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Become a Part of the 2017-2018 Youth Steering Committee (YSC)

Become a Part of the 2017-2018 Youth Steering Committee (YSC)
Applications are now being accepted to join the Youth Steering Committee (YSC) in the 2017-2018 school year. The YSC is comprised of youth and adults ...
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Episcopal Women Honored at Luncheon

Episcopal Women Honored at Luncheon
April 8th at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 25 women were honored for their support of their parish and community at a Luncheon sponsored by the Diocesan ...
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Pathways to Vitality: Taxability and Gifts

pathways to vitality
A new blog post has been published. Taxability and Gifts From time to time, you may have questions regarding the taxability of gifts you give or your ...
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Support Your Episcopal Fund for Human Need

Support Your Episcopal Fund for  Human Need
Ingathering time is coming soon for your Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN), the only yearly diocesan fund drive for ministries of hope and help ...
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03/27/2017 Clergy Compensation Explanation (Draft)

03/27/2017 Clergy Compensation Explanation (Draft)
A draft of the Clergy Compensation Explanation was submitted to the Executive Council at their March meeting. It was also shared at the Clergy Conference ...
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Diocesan Executive Council Jump Starts the Waycross Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping

Diocesan Executive Council Jump Starts the Waycross Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping
Diocesan Executive Council voted at its March meeting to provide $30,000 in matching funds to jump-start construction at Waycross on the Waynick Center for Youth ...
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A Waycross Camp Wish List

A Waycross Camp Wish List
Summer is coming and camp season at Waycross will soon be upon us. Victoria Hoppes, Waycross Program Director and Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries with and for Youth ...
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May 13

Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jun 10
Jun 17
Jul 10

Episcopal Youth Event 2017

July 10 - July 14
Sep 14

Ember Day – September 2017

September 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sep 16
Sep 29
Oct 26

180th Diocesan Convention

October 26 - October 28
Nov 03

Executive Council Meeting

November 3 - November 4
Nov 17

Youth Fall Conference 2017

November 17 - November 19
Jul 05


July 5, 2018 - July 13, 2018

180th Diocesan Convention

October 26-28, 2017

Location is Jeffersonville.


Many milestones were celebrated in 2016, including those of several parishes. Do you have an important milestone coming up in your parish? Share it here

179 Years and Still Going

179 Years and Still Going
St. Paul’s, Richmond, is celebrating 179 years of ministry ...
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September 1976: General Convention Approves the Ordination of Women

Giving thanks for the history of ordained women in The Episcopal Church and in our diocese on the 40 year anniversary this month ...
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180 and Still Going

St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville, just celebrated their 180th with a liturgy and reception ...
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St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis Celebrates Its 100th

St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, is celebrating their Centennial with a new Vision Statement and some great t-shirts ...
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St. Peter’s, Lebanon Has Been Very “Bee-sy”

St. Peter’s, Lebanon,  just turned 60 and harvested the first honey from their apiary ...
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St. Paul’s, Indianapolis Celebrates their 150th

St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, just turned 150 with a Gala and celebration weekend. See more pictures on Facebook ...
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The policy on alcohol use related to diocesan and parish events was established by the Diocesan Executive Council in January 2017.  View the policy here.


Join Us in Prayer

President Trump has taken office, but much of the tension in our nation continues. You’re invited to continue to light a virtual candle and pray for peace.

April 22, 2017: Celebrating Bishop Cate’s Ministry

April 22, 2017

The recorded webcast from St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Carmel Indiana of the celebration of 20 years of ministry with The Right Reverend Catherine Waynick.

Follow the Celebration Webcast with a Downloadable Worship Bulletin


The Right Reverend Catherine M. Waynick

The retiring Bishop speaks about life, her mission, and her people.

Images from the Celebration

Confirmation 2017 Schedule

The schedule for this year’s Confirmations has been released. 




Host Parish


1 p.m. (EDST) to meet Candidates

2 p.m. (EDST) Service

Southeast Region

St. Paul’s, Columbus


1 p.m. (EDST) to meet Candidates

2 p.m. (EDST) Service

Northwest Region

St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute


6 p.m. (EDST) to meet Candidates

7 p.m. (EDST) Service

Central Region

Christ Church Cathedral, Indy


10 a.m. (EDST) to meet Candidates

11 a.m. (EDST) Service

Northeast Region

Trinity, Anderson


10 a.m. (CDST) to meet Candidates

11 a.m. (CDST) Service

Southwest Region

St. Paul’s, Evansville



Watch our webcasts live and archived on

  • Bishop Waynick’s celebration Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. from St. Christopher’s, Carmel
  • Bishop-Elect Baskerville-Burrows’ consecration Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. from Clowes Hall, Butler University

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Easter 2017

[Episcopal News Service] “Go forth to be people of the Resurrection,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2017 message. “Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.”

The Festive day of Easter is Sunday, April 16.

[Video Link]

Easter 2017 Message

It’s taken me some years to realize it, but Jesus didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. He wasn’t on vacation. He wasn’t just hanging out in town. Jesus was in Jerusalem on purpose. He arrived in Jerusalem about the time of the Passover when pilgrims were in the city. When people’s hopes and expectations for the dawn of freedom that Moses had promised in the first Passover might suddenly be realized for them in their time.

Jesus arranged his entrance into Jerusalem to send a message. He entered the city, having come in on one side of the city, the scholars tell us, at just about the same time that Pontius Pilate made his entrance on the exact opposite side of the city. Pilate, coming forth on a warhorse. Pilate, with soldiers around him. Pilate, with the insignias of Rome’s Empire. Pilate, representing the Caesars who claimed to be son of god. Pilate, who had conquered through Rome the people of Jerusalem. Pilate, representing the Empire that had taken away their freedom. Pilate, who represented the Empire that would maintain the colonial status of the Jewish people by brute force and violence.

 Jesus entered the city on the other side, not on a warhorse, but on a donkey, recalling the words of Zechariah:

Behold your King comes to you
Triumphant and victorious is He
Humble and riding on a donkey

Jesus entered the city at the same time as Pilate to show them, and to show us, that God has another way. That violence is not the way. That hatred is not the way. That brute force and brutality are not the way.

Jesus came to show us there is another way. The way of unselfish, sacrificial love. That’s why he entered Jerusalem. That’s why he went to the cross. It was the power of that love poured out from the throne of God, that even after the horror of the crucifixion would raise him from death to life.

 God came among us in the person of Jesus to start a movement. A movement to change the face of the earth. A movement to change us who dwell upon the earth. A movement to change the creation from the nightmare that is often made of it into the dream that God intends for it.

He didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday. He went to Jerusalem for a reason. To send a message. That not even the titanic powers of death can stop the love of God.  On that Easter morning, he rose from the dead, and proclaimed love wins.

 So you have a blessed Easter. Go forth to be people of the Resurrection. Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.

Have a blessed Easter.  And bless the world.  Amen.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church