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Fla. priest takes command of NJ Episcopal Diocese

11-3-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A priest from Florida has been installed as the 12th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey.

A consecration ceremony was held Saturday at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton for the Rev. William Stokes. He was formally welcomed to the cathedral and seated in his new church during a service Sunday.

Stokes succeeds Bishop George Councell, who stepped down after nearly 10 years of service.

The 56-year-old Stokes formerly served as rector of St. Paul’s Church in Delray Beach. He was elected to his new post in May and had been serving as bishop-elect since August.

The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey covers the southern two-thirds of the state and is the sixth largest in the nation. It includes 154 congregations and has about 47,000 members overall.