June 25, 2019

I bring you greetings from the Transition Team. We are now deep into the process of preparations for the consecration of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan H. Folts as the 11th Bishop of South Dakota. The consent process is moving forward and we anticipate that an announcement on this will be coming soon.

Meanwhile, our planning for the November 2nd consecration is also proceeding and you can expect to receive an official notice of the consecration shortly after the consent process is completed. Part of the service involves vesting our new bishop. It is customary to establish a fund for the purchase of vestments and other items needed by a newly elected Bishop. He will be given and vested with a stole, pectoral cross, ring, cope, chasuble, mitre and crozier. Other vestments and apparel needed for our Bishop-elect include a rochet, chimere, cassock, and scarf, as well as clerical shirts.

Knowing the expense involved in outfitting a bishop, I have made a contribution to the Bishop's Vestment Fund. I invite you to join me and make your own donation. You may do so by sending a check to the Diocese of South Dakota, 408 N. Jefferson Ave, Pierre, SD 57501 or through the diocesan website, or through your local congregation (please be certain to mark your donation "Bishop's Vestment Fund").

Thank you for your assistance in properly outfitting our new bishop. God bless you and may God bless this next chapter of our journey under the leadership of Bishop-elect Jonathan.

Peace,

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The Very Rev. Ward Simpson,
Dean Calvary Cathedral
Co-Chair, Transition Team