Press Conference & Other Media Opportunities With Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Bishop-elect Shannon Duckworth

The Rev. Canon Shannon Rogers Duckworth, the first female to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, will be ordained and consecrated on Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will be the chief consecrator. 

Members of the media are invited to cover the following events at various locations. All on-site media must pre-register for diocesan-issued credentials by emailing and providing the name of the news organization, name(s) to be credentialed, position(s), and event(s) they are covering. Media personnel attending the bishops’ news conference and/or the consecration service at Christ Church Cathedral must also show their company-issued ID badges in order to be admitted to the church building. No exceptions will be made. 

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Media Interview Opportunity
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Canon Shannon Rogers Duckworth, Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Louisiana, will take questions from the media
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave, New Orleans (70130). The interview will take place in the Trinity Chapel on Coliseum Street. Company-issued ID must be shown upon arrival. Credentials will be issued at the chapel entrance door. Street parking only.

11:00 a.m. – (approx.) 1:15 p.m. Consecration of the 12th Bishop of Louisiana 

In an elaborate ceremony, the Rev. Canon Shannon Rogers Duckworth will be ordained a bishop of The Episcopal Church. The church’s Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, will be the chief consecrator, and be joined by other Episcopal and Lutheran bishops from around the country for the traditional laying-on of hands to consecrate the new bishop. Nearly 200 people will play a role in the service. These include a festive procession of parish banners; diocesan, ecumenical and civic leaders; clergy and liturgical ministers.

Guidelines concerning on-site coverage of the consecration service: 
§ Diocesan-issued credentials, requested in advance, are required; company-issued ID must be shown upon arrival.
§ Media is requested to check in at Christ Church Cathedral by 10 a.m. at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Sixth Street. Credentials will be issued at this time.
§ Photographers may discreetly shoot the opening and closing processions from designated areas outside the church. Once the service begins, small cameras only are restricted to reserved
media section; ambient light only, no flash or lamps. Space will be tight.
§ The service will be live-streamed on the Christ Church Cathedral’s Facebook page and YouTube account. Media may use these images. 
§ A selection of pool still images and video will be made available after the service. 
§ Key participants will not be available for interviews; media are encouraged to take advantage of the Friday, November 18 media availability (see above)

Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans (70115)

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presiding Bishop Visits St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will celebrate and preach at the regular Sunday service of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans. A separate press release was issued by Cheron Brylski regarding this media opportunity and can be viewed here

Location: St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans (70116)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bishop Duckworth Seated at Christ Church Cathedral
Following a long-standing custom, this service formally installs the new bishop as head of the diocesan cathedral church. The service begins with the tradition of the bishop knocking on the door (at Christ Church Cathedral, the St. Charles Avenue entrance). She will be greeted and led to the bishop’s chair near the altar of the cathedral, hence the term “seating.” Bishop Duckworth will then preside and preach at her first Sunday Eucharist as bishop. Same guidelines for media as above.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans (70115) 

Information about Bishop-elect Duckworth and her election is available at

Additional information about Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry is available at  

1623 Seventh Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: (504) 895-6634
Fax: (504) 208-3511

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