Bishop TaylorCoadjutor election consents received; plans for July 8 consecration advance

April 18, 2017

By EN staff

The office of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry notified the Diocese of Los Angeles on April 6 that the election of the Rev. Canon John Harvey Taylor as its bishop coadjutor has been approved by a majority of standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction in the Episcopal Church, as required by canon law.

Taylor will be ordained and consecrated as bishop coadjutor on Saturday, July 8 during a service to be held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center in Los Angeles. Bishop Curry will be chief consecrator and preside at the liturgy, set to begin at 1:30 p.m. A picnic reception will follow the service.

“In the last few months, I’ve spent as much time as possible getting around the diocese, listening and learning,” Taylor told The Episcopal News after the announcement. “As always, and especially now, we’re all hungry for justice, reconciliation, and healing. We’re listening together for the quiet voice of our God in Christ, inviting us to recognize the church we’ve already been equipped to be, by virtue of the unique tapestry of our narratives and vocations, in this precise time in the lives of our families, communities, nation, and world. Kathy and I look forward to each step of our pilgrimage of discovery, mission, and ministry with all the people of the Diocese of Los Angeles.”
Information on ticketing and arrangements

A warm welcome is extended to all for a festive, culturally diverse celebration designed to be a hospitable, accessible, and meaningful gathering for all in attendance. Because no Southland Episcopal church building is large enough to accommodate the anticipated congregation, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion has been selected as a centrally located, gracious, functional and affordable public venue.

A total of 3,100 seats will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis with an equal opportunity for attendees from all congregations of the diocese. Reservations are now open, beginning in blocks of 20 seats for each congregation of the diocese; there is no charge for any ticket. Each ticket-holder’s name, email address and phone number must be supplied through the local church office. Block seating deadline is 12 noon on Monday, May 15, after which remaining tickets will be released to accommodate open reservations. Any congregation with more than 20 initial reservations will be asked to create a waiting list to submit on May 15. A reservation instruction sheet will be emailed to each congregation. Accessible seating for attendees in wheelchairs, with their companions, is available by advance reservation. Video of the full service will be offered via live webcast and on demand.

Clergy of the diocese are invited to vest and process (cassock, surplice, and red stoles).

A 100-voice choir will assemble under the direction of Sean O’Neal, director of music at Holy Trinity Church, Covina. Participation details will be forwarded to music directors in the congregations of the diocese. Liturgical arrangements are under the direction of the Rev. Fernando Valdes, deacon, of St. John’s ProCathedral as minister of ceremonies.

Festive displays of banners of the congregations, schools, institutions and other ministries of the Diocese of Los Angeles are planned; information will follow in communication with staff of local congregations.

A variety of international foods will be made available in Grand Park, with a blend of complementary selections and options for purchase from local vendors. Hospitality arrangements are chaired by Canon Lynn Headley of St Michael and All Angels, Corona del Mar.

Ample parking in the Music Center garages will be available for $9 per vehicle. Bus parking will be arranged as needed using ticket-block reservation forms.

The Arrangements Committee is chaired by the Very Rev. Melissa McCarthy, vicar of Epiphany, Oak Park, with diocesan staff support from Robert Williams, diocesan canon for community relations. Inquiries are welcomed by telephone to the Cathedral Center at 213.482.2040, ext. 230, or by email to

Taylor will begin keeping office hours at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, the ministry and administrative hub of the diocese, on May 1, working in collaboration with Bishop Diocesan J. Jon Bruno and Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce. Taylor will succeed Bruno upon Bruno’s retirement.

“I am filled with joy and gratitude that Canon John Taylor is our bishop-coadjutor elect, and that the process is moving forward toward his consecration and new ministry,” Bruno said. “Let us keep our new bishop and his spouse, Kathy, in our prayers for God to guide, strengthen and bless them now and always.”