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The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr. was consecrated as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan at the Van Noord Arena on the campus of Calvin College (click here for map) on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

The Consecration of our new bishop was a service for the whole diocese! An estimated 900 people from all over Michigan attended this special event. Another 569 people watched it live one this website. Dignitaries from around the nation joined us, including the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Primate of the Episcopal Church USA. (Order a DVD of the event)


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What makes a consecration a special service?

The consecration and ordination of a bishop is a not-very-often seen event in the life of a diocese and in the life of an Episcopalian. There are many ceremonial aspects to the liturgy that symbolize the commitment, promises and new ministry that our new bishop and our diocese will embark upon.

Some of the things we saw during the service:
The presence of, and laying on of hands, by 15 bishops (including the 7th and 8th bishops of Western Michigan).
Four processions, including civic and ecumenical leaders, diocesan leadership, and parishes.
The presentation of vestments, ring, cross, etc. to the new bishop.
The presider of the consecration will be the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. It is her first visit to western Michigan.

A light reception followed the consecration service.


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Liturgy & Music for the Consecration & Ordination of a Bishop

The liturgy for the Consecration was planned by the Rev. Brian Coleman of St. Thomas, Battle Creek. Dr. Stephen White, also of St. Thomas is the Music Director and Organist. Dr. Mary Lou Nowicki of St. John's in Mt. Pleasant, is the Assisting Organist. Music also was provided by the Western Brass Quintet, Western Michigan Episcopal Cursillo, and a combined diocesan choir of over 150 singers.

The Ordination of a Bishop (Book of Common Prayer)

Diocesan Choir Rehearsals:
Regional rehearsals were taking place September 8th (Battle Creek), 14th (Mt. Pleasant) and 21st (Wyoming) for the Consecration on September 28th.  If you would like more information regarding these rehearsals or the music for this service, please contact the Consecration's Music Director. To send Dr. White an e-mail, please click here now or call (269) 965-2244.

Consecration Day Choir Schedule:
9:30 a.m. -  Choir arrival - in designated robing area
10:30 a.m. -  Sound check/rehearsal in the arena
11:30 a.m. -  Lunch (provided) - in robing area
12:20 p.m. -  Move to seating area
1:00 p.m. - Consecration begins
What to Wear for Choir Members: All choir members should plan to wear their normal choir robes (cassocks, surplices, etc.)  If your choir does not normally wear robes, please contact Dr. White and he will attempt to arrange for those singers to borrow for the day. To send Dr. White an e-mail, please click here now or call (269) 965-2244.


For more information:
Blue Arrow LeftSee the official Consecration Details Announcement, as sent by the Transition Team.


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Special Guests at the Consecration

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church (Presider)
The Rt. Rev Michael Curry, Diocese of North Carolina (Preacher)
The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, Office of the Presiding Bishop
Bishop Donald Kreiss, SouthEast Lower Michigan Synod (ELCA)
The Rt. Rev. Robert Gepert, Retired, 8th Bishop of Western Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Edward Lee, Jr., Retired, 7th Bishop of Western Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs, Diocese of Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Rayford Ray, Diocese of Northern Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, Diocese of Eastern Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguin, Bishop of The Dominican Republic
The Rt. Rev. William Gregg, Retired Bishop of Eastern Oregon, Assistant Bishop of North Carolina
The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, Diocese of North Carolina
The Rt. Rev. Edward Little, Diocese of Northern Indiana
The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, Diocese of Missouri, VP of Province V
The Rt. Rev. Daniel Martins, Diocese of Springfield
Bishop Craig Satterlee, North/West Lower Michigan Synod (ELCA)


about whayne hougland

A Short Biography of Our New Bishop

The Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr. will become the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan. He was elected at the Special Electing Convention of the diocese on May 18, 2013 after a year-long search process. He comes to us from St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Salisbury, North Carolina. (In case you've been wondering, his last name is pronounced: "HO-gland.") Watch a video message from Wyane.

Rev. Hougland grew up in a Roman Catholic family in central Kentucky where he became aware of his call to Holy Orders as a teenager, but when his wife Dana stole his heart in high school, he knew that becoming a Roman Catholic priest presented "significant problems." He and Dana were married in the Episcopal Church and have raised their two daughters in the church.

Rev. Hougland was called again to Holy Orders after a dissatisfying career in the corporate world. He attended The School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee and was ordained a priest in 1998.

Rev. Hougland believes in developing a personal rule of life, and patterns his own after the Rule of St. Benedict, which includes prayer, study and daily reflection on scripture.

He and his wife Dana reside in Grand Rapids, MI.


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Map & Directions to Van Noord Arena, Calvin College

The Consecration of the Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr. took place at Van Noord Arena at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Driving directions to Calvin College (3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI), and a campus map showing parking lots near the Van Noord Arena can be found by clicking here now. Bus drop-off/pickup, and bus parking areas are also noted on the map.)