Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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Ordination and Consecration


Join us as we celebrate the Ordination and Consecration of the Very Reverend Kara Wagner Sherer as IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 11 AM, at Asbury First Methodist Church in Rochester.

You will find links to register and Consecration FAQs below. Please be sure to register by June 30, and see the FAQ section for details about venue, parking, attire, recommended places to stay, and more. 

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Link to General Attendee Registration FormLink to the Visiting Bishop's Registration Form

Link to donate to the Bishop's AppealLivestream link Coming soon (no link yet)


Consecration FAQs

When is the Consecration?
Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 11:00 AM
10:00 AM    Doors open and processions arrive
10:30 AM    Prelude and livestream begin 
11:00 AM    Ordination and Consecration Liturgy
Where is the Consecration?
Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607.
Where do we park for this event? 
There is limited parking available at Asbury First United Methodist Church. Overflow parking is available at the Gleason Works employee and visitor lot located at 1005 University Ave. The Gleason lot is accessible from University Ave or through the Asbury First parking lot. On-street parking is also available on East Ave. Click here to view the venue and parking map
Who may attend? 
Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate the Consecration of the Very Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer.
Is registration required?
No, but it is encouraged to plan for seating and hospitality.
General Attendees: Please use the General Registration Form.
Visiting Bishops: Please use the Visiting Bishops’ Registration Form.
Visiting Clergy: Please use the General Registration Form.
Diocesan Clergy:  Please use the private registration form sent by email.
Procession Participants: Please use the private registration form sent by email.
What is the appropriate attire?
General Attendees: Special occasion, comfortable church attire.
Visiting Bishops: Rochet, chimere, and tippet.
Clergy: Alb with red stole, or cassock and surplice with red stole.
Will there be an offertory?
Yes. During the service offerings will be collected for the Bishop's Appeal and donated to four local community organizations. Checks may be made out to the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. Alternatively, you can donate online and select the Bishop's Appeal fund. 
Will the event be livestreamed?
Yes. The livestream link will be available on the diocesan website and will begin at 10:30 AM.
Is there a reception after the Consecration?
Yes. A light reception will be held at Asbury First United Methodist Church immediately following the service. All are welcome to attend.
Recommended places to stay: 
The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa - a DoubleTree by Hilton (0.8 mi from venue) 
A block of rooms is set aside at a preferred rate for consecration guests at the Strathallan, use this link to book directly
Hyatt Regency Rochester (3 mi. from venue)
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