I am delighted that the Rev. Canon Shannon Duckworth was elected bishop at the May convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana.

Bishop-elect Shannon Duckworth

This weekend, November 18-20, 2022, she was consecrated as bishop at Christ Church Cathedral on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, not far from Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

I was not able to participate in all the festivities, but was present for Saturday’s events. Here’s the schedule for the celebration:

Friday, November 18, 2022

4:30 pm – Rehearsal: Christ Church Cathedral (2919 St. Charles Avenue)

6:00-9:30 pm – Cocktail Reception: Trinity Church (1325 Jackson Avenue)

Saturday, November 19, 2022

8:15 am – Signing/sealing/breakfast: Christ Church Cathedral

9:15 am Presiding Bishop Curry meets with bishops, bishop-elect.

10:15 am – Vesting/Doors open: 10:00am Christ Church Cathedral (Bishops vest at conclusion of time with Bishop Curry, around 10:15am)

After the service – Cake/champagne reception: Front lawn of the Cathedral

Sunday, November 20

Trinity, did an excellent job of hosting the reception. Retiring Bishop Thompson spoke, and Cannon Shannon Duckworth.

10:00 am – Seating of the 12th Bishop of Louisiana: Christ Church Cathedral

Friday reception

Trinity Episcopal did an excellent job of hosting the reception. Outgoing Bishop Morris Thompson spoke, as did Canon Shannon Duckworth.


8:15 am signing and sealing breakfast

Retiring Bishop Morris Thompson
Bishop Thompson signs and seals.
ECUSA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Bishop-elect Shannon Duckworth and retiring Bishop Morris Thompson look on as Bishop Jose from the Western North Carolina diocese speaks.

Let the vesting begin…

Bishop Thompson, preparing for his final pastoral act as sitting Bishop.
Methodist Bishop Cynthia Harvey is being reassigned to Houston. Behind her is Roman Catholic priest Buddy Noel.
Bishop Michael Duca (L) and Archbishop Gregory Aymond (Center)
Father Dan Krutz

11:00 am worship

Click here to watch the service on YouTube. The processional hymn is festive.

Click here to view the 28-page bulletin.

Thurifers: This is how it’s done:

Rabbi Daniel Sherman, Temple Sinai, read the first lesson.
Preacher: The Very Reverend Richard Lawson
Dean, St. Johns Cathedral, Denver, Colorado

What a festive day at Louisiana’s oldest Protestant church (1805). I was honored to be a part.

For a retrospective, here are some photos from Bishop Morris Thompson’s Consecration in 2010: