Watch the service of Ordination & Consecration live on October 2, 2021, at 11 a.m. at this link: https://bit.ly/SCBishopXVConsecration
Download/view the service bulletin at this link: https://bit.ly/SCBishopXVBulletin
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. All responses were required by RSVP on Friday, September 17. The link to RSVP has now been closed. Seating assignments are being decided and those who requested to attend will be notified about their seating by email.
The service of consecration will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person at this link: https://bit.ly/SCBishopXVConsecration. For those who attend in person, masks will be required and attendees are asked to be fully vaccinated to COVID-19.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, events initially planned to celebrate the Consecration on Friday, October 1, and an indoor reception after the service on October 2 have been postponed until a later date. When it is safer to gather together, the diocese looks forward to celebrating this joyous occasion with everyone who wishes to be there.
While increasing concerns about the spread of the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus caused the planning committee to pause plans for a Friday evening dinner and reception, as well as an indoor reception after the Consecration, we still look forward with great joy to the Consecration of our XV Bishop on Saturday, October 2.
Friday, October 1, 2021
10:30 am Press Availability with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
11:15 am Presiding Bishop to meet with Diocesan Clergy
5:00 pm Consecration rehearsal for those involved in the service
Saturday, October 2, 2021 (all Saturday events at Grace Church Cathedral)
8:15 am Bishop breakfast (with spouses/partners) and signing of the Certificate
9:15 am Presiding Bishop to meet with attending Bishops
10:15 am Vesting of the Bishops; visiting and diocesan clergy may vest in building to the
right of Grace Church Cathedral at the corner of Wentworth & Glebe Streets
11:00 am Consecration of the XV Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina
Consecration Gifts for the Bishop-elect
Livestream of Consecration
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. The large room downstairs in this building is called 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.
Visiting clergy and bishops will vest at separate locations in the two-story building next to the Cathedral.
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 an event for diocesan clergy on Friday, October 1.
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).