The Reverend Canon Ruth M. Woodliff-Stanley was elected on Saturday, May 1, 2021, to be the fifteenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. On Friday, July 2, the Standing Committee was notified that the required majority of bishops and standing committees with jurisdiction have consented to her election.
The service of consecration for Bishop-elect Ruth Woodliff-Stanley will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, South Carolina. Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry is planning to attend in person and serve as the chief consecrator. For those planning to attend, please RSVP at this link or the link below.
Two days of events are planned for the Consecration of Bishop-elect Ruth Woodliff-Stanley as the Fifteenth Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina. Please see the schedule below for more information.
Friday, October 1, 2021
10:30 am Press Availability with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry,
Grace Church Cathedral
11:30 am Presiding Bishop to meet with Diocesan Clergy (location to be shared with clergy)
12:30 pm Lunch with Diocesan clergy and spouses/partners
5:00 pm Consecration rehearsal for those involved in the service
7:00 pm Reception and dinner at Festival Hall, 56 Beaufain Street, Charleston
Saturday, October 2, 2021
8:15 am Bishop breakfast (with spouses/partners) and signing of the Certificate
9:15 am Presiding Bishop to meet with attending Bishops
10:30 am Vesting of the Bishops
11:00 am Consecration of the XV Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina,
Grace Church Cathedral
2:00 pm Reception at Festival Hall, 56 Beaufain Street, Charleston
Consecration Gifts for the Bishop-elect
Tourism information - Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)
Home2Suites Charleston (Hilton), West Ashley
1963 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC
Cambria Hotel Charleston Riverview (this is a new hotel)
84 Ripley Point Drive, Charleston, SC
Springhill Suites (Marriott) Charleston Riverview
98 Ripley Point Drive, Charleston, SC
Hyatt Place Charleston Airport
3234 West Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC
North Charleston Marriott
4770 Goer Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406
Hampton Inn Charleston/Mount Pleasant-Patriots Point
255 Sessions Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Staybridge Suites Charleston-Mount Pleasant
251 Sessions Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston/Mt. Pleasant
245 Magrath Darby Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Downtown Charleston (near the church)
Several of the hotels close to the church have rates over $500 a night. While you may find Bed & Breakfast options at lower prices, the following major chain hotels are additional options (particularly for those with accrued hotel points).
Renaissance (Marriott) Charleston Historic District
68 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (0.2 miles away)
Embassy Suites Charleston Historic District
337 Meeting Street, Charleston SC 29403 (0.4 miles away)
Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District
345 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403 (0.5 miles away)
The Meeting Street Inn
173 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (0.5 miles away)
Grace Church Cathedral, located at 98 Wentworth Street, was founded in 1846 and designated the cathedral church of the Diocese of South Carolina in 2015. Several consecration weekend events will be held at the church, or in the building to the right of the Cathedral, Hanahan Hall. You may enter Hanahan Hall from the front entrance on Wentworth Street, the side entrance on Glebe Street, or from the small parking lot in the rear of the building. If on-street parking is not available, there is a parking garage located at the nearby corner of Wentworth and St. Philip Streets.
Vesting (bishops) the morning of the service will take place in Croft Hall, which is the one-story building to the left of the Cathedral.
Festival Hall, located at 56 Beaufain Street (pronounced Byou-faine (first syllable rhymes with "you")), has long been known as Memminger Auditorium, part of the Memminger School in downtown Charleston. Built in 1939, the space was renovated in 2008 for use as an event venue. The building is a block away from Grace Church Cathedral.
Transportation will be provided for those who are not able, or prefer not, to walk from the cathedral to the reception. Nearby parking options are the Wentworth Garage at the corner of St. Philip & Wentworth Streets, Majestic Square Garage at 153 Market Street, or metered spaces at 45 Archdale Street. Pay attention to residential parking guidelines when parking in residential areas. Some areas provide on street parking (without a permit) for 1-2 hours only, 24 hours a day.
Calvary Episcopal Church is located at 106 Line Street in downtown Charleston (zip code 29403). Founded in 1847, the church has a rich history and we are honored that Calvary will be hosting a luncheon for clergy (and spouses/partners) on Friday afternoon.
Parking is available along Line Street and also in a large field behind the church. Enter the lot from from Ashe Street (which is to the left of the church, if standing in front of it).