Category Archives: Bishop

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


Bishop-Elect Announces Initial Parish Visits

Bishop-elect, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, has begun scheduling her Parish Visits for the upcoming year. Here is what we have so far with more to come.

  • March 19 – St. James, Vincennes and St. John’s, Washington
  • March 26 – St. Christopher’s Carmel
  • April 02 – Trinity, Bloomington
  • April 09 – St. Francis-in-the-Field, Zionsville
  • April 16 (Easter Sunday) – St. John’s, Bedford

We will be updating this list as more dates are confirmed. These will also be posted on the Diocesan Calendar.


Tentative Bishops’ Events Schedule

Times and details are still being finalized. This page is updated as changes occur.

Bishop Cate’s Farewell Liturgy

Saturday, April 22


St Christopher’s



10:30 a.m.




11 a.m.


Bishop Cate’s Farewell Celebration

Saturday, April 22

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Indiana State Museum

Presiding Bishop Clergy Meeting

Friday, April 28

10 to 11:30 a.m.

St Richard’s Episcopal School


Friday, April 28

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St Richard’s Episcopal School

Media Event for PB and Bishop Elect.

Friday, April 28

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

St Richard’s Episcopal School


Friday, April 28


Clowes Memorial Hall

Consecration Choir Rehearsal 

Friday, April 28

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall

Women of Color Clergy Reception

Friday, April 28

5 to 7 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

Reception hosted by The Union of Black Episcopalians

Friday, April 28

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

Bishop’s Dinner

Friday, April 28

7:30 to 9 p.m.

Columbia Club

Bishop’s Breakfast

Saturday, April 29

TBD–7:30 a.m.???

Clowes Memorial Hall

Consecration Choir Rehearsal 

Saturday, April 29

8:30 a.m.-10-15 a.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall


Saturday, April 29

11 a.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall

Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation

Sunday, April 30

10:30 a.m.

St. David’s Bean Blossom


Sunday, April 30

11 a.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

A Lenten Message from Bishop Waynick

February 28, 2017
Shrove Tuesday

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we begin the holy season of Lent it is important to remember who we are and what we are meant to do as followers of Jesus.

Lent is a time of self-reflection and growing self-awareness aided by spiritual disciplines which help us to ‘get real’ about ourselves. Spiritual disciplines come in lots of shapes and sizes, but they all have the same purpose – to form us into the image of God we are created to be, and as faithful disciples of our Lord.

Abstinence from certain kinds of food or beverages can often approximate, in some small way, the reality of daily life for those who live in constant need, and to reflect on the experience. How do I feel when I’m hungry? How do I treat others when I’m preoccupied about food? How willing am I to forego some part of my usual food intake? What might I do with the money I would generally spend on food and drink? How well do I function when I know my next meal is many hours away and will be very small? Does my attitude change toward others who are not engaging in this experiment?

We can also abstain from other things – gossip, speculation, procrastination, inactivity, resentment…….what effect would abstaining from any of these things have in my life and my relationships?

Lent is also a time when we can experiment with new disciplines; prayer, journaling, study, volunteering at a shelter or some other community ministry….and faithful Sunday worship. Such disciplines can remind us that there is never a time when God is absent from us, and that everything we say and do either reflects God’s love to the world, or it does not. Every word, every action, can be an intentional communication of God’s love, or it can convey something very different….

The Bible is very clear in communicating God’s commandments to love, and we have the special teaching of Jesus that we are to love others not only as we love ourselves, but as he loves. Jesus was very clear in teaching that there is no one we can faithfully describe as ‘not my neighbor.’ Every other human being is the image of God. Every person is beloved by God. Every person is to be sought out and served as Christ. And that means everyone.

In his sermon on the mount, Jesus spoke of the danger of carrying anger and condemned it as murderous. He taught that non-violent means are to be used even when injustice is being challenged. Our own baptismal covenant commits us to striving for justice and peace among all people, and respect for the dignity of every person.

So let’s be clear – threats against brothers and sisters whose skin color is different, whose sexuality is different, whose religious practice is different, will never be acceptable among faithful followers of Jesus. When confronted with something we don’t understand, or trust, or appreciate, we always have the option to become curious about it, rather than condemning it out of hand. The Bible consistently praises those who seek wisdom….and wisdom never has to resort to vile threats and menacing behaviors.

During this Lenten season, I urge that we all abstain from the things which cause fear and division and take up those spiritual disciplines which can bring us to a better understanding of ourselves and our world. Let us all pray that our hearts and minds become open to the working of the Holy Spirit and that we grow in the love which can transfigure both us and the world.







Bishop-Elect The Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on the second ballot on Friday, October 28, at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis. The election culminated a nearly two-year discernment and search process by the diocese at the 179th Diocesan Convention. The Right Reverend Catherine M. Waynick plans to retire in the Spring of 2017.

The Rev. Baskerville-Burrows currently serves as Director of Networking for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, nourishing partnerships and connections for church revitalization.

“In 19 years of ordained ministry, and especially in the past five helping to oversee and restructure the Diocese of Chicago, I’ve supported communities of transformation, communicated a vision of hope and gathered and networked God’s people across distance and difference,” the Rev. Baskerville-Burrows said. “I believe these experiences have prepared me to lead and serve in the particular place that is the Diocese of Indianapolis.”

She is from New York, ordained by the Diocese of Central New York, and a graduate of Smith College, Cornell University, and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She has expertise in historic preservation and a passion for issues including gun violence, social justice, and racial and class reconciliation. She also maintains a strong focus in guiding others through the practice of spiritual direction.

One of the defining experiences of her ministry came when she found herself near the World Trade Center the morning of September 11, 2001. In the midst of a fearful situation, her own faith and the faith of others who sought shelter alongside her gave her a renewed perspective of faith vanquishing fear.

“The Episcopal Church is where I found my relationship with Jesus some 30 years ago, “she said. “It teaches me that the world is filled with incredible beauty and unspeakable pain and that God is deeply in the midst of it all loving us fiercely. So each day, nourished by the sacraments and stories of our faith, the beauty of our liturgical tradition, the wide embrace of this Christian community, I learn over and over again how to live without fear.”

The Rev. Baskerville-Burrows will be ordained and consecrated as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11 a.m., at Clowes Hall at Butler University.

Contact Info

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop Elect

Diocese of Indianapolis Notified of Successful Canonical Consent Process

Bishop-Elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows ordination and consecration on April 29

[February 1, 2017] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of Indianapolis that Bishop-Elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process.

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected Bishop on October 28. Her ordination and consecration service is slated for Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University in Indianapolis. Presiding Bishop Curry will officiate. For more information on the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and her ministry.

In Canon III.11.4 (b), Standing Committees, in consenting to the ordination and consecration, attest they are “fully sensible of how important it is that the Sacred Order and Office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that we know of no impediment on account of which the Reverend A.B. ought not to be ordained to that Holy Office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we believe the Reverend A.B. to have been duly and lawfully elected and to be of such sufficiency in learning, of such soundness in the Faith, and of such godly character as to be able to exercise the Office of a Bishop to the honor of God and the edifying of the Church, and to be a wholesome example to the flock of Christ.”

Consecration of the XI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

On April 29, 2017, Bishop-Elect the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will be consecrated and seated as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.


Hotel information—Planning to attend the Bishop Elect’s Consecration April 29?

The bishop Transition Committee has learned that a national firefighter’s convention is in town during that week and most hotel rooms downtown are already booked.  Although there are no special rates or arrangements with any hotels for this event, here are some hotels they have been in contact with that currently have rooms. You can contact the hotels directly for availability and rates.


  • Drury Plaza Hotel Indianapolis Carmel
    9625 N. Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46290
  • Springhill Suites Indianapolis Carmel
    11855 N. Meridian Street
    Carmel, IN 4603
  • Hampton Inn Indianapolis/Carmel
    12197 N. Meridian Street
    Carmel, IN 46032

 Watch this space for more information.

Bishop Cate on St. David’s, Bean Blossom: “We will not allow our hearts to be defiled.”

Bishop Cate WaynickDear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

By now you all know that St. David’s, Bean Blossom, was vandalized this weekend with a symbol of intimidation, language demeaning of GLBT persons, and praise of the President-elect. While it is deeply disturbing to be on the receiving end of such vitriol, it is also an opportunity to be very clear, with ourselves and the world around us, that we take seriously the commandment of our Lord to love one another with the same love God lavishes on every person – no exceptions.

We do not know who is responsible for the vandalism. What we do know is that the kind of language used during the recent Presidential campaign has emboldened some people to become openly abusive and insulting. Our option as faithful people is to be sure we don’t respond in kind. The Episcopal Church will continue to welcome all people, to seek and serve Christ in the world around us, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being – even those who deface our buildings. Our buildings can be marred by anger and hatred – we will not allow our hearts to be defiled.

Our hearts and our doors remain open to everyone, as we pray for the wisdom and courage to remain faithful disciples of Jesus.



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