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Gifts for the 11th Bishop of Vermont

Part of the consecration liturgy involves vesting a new bishop with the symbols of episcopal ministry. Gifts of the bishop’s ring (with the seal of the Diocese of Vermont), pectoral cross, crozier, mitre and other vestments will be presented to the Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown during the liturgy when she becomes the next Bishop of Vermont on September 28. Plans are underway to source these from Vermont artists including a woodworker, metalworker, vestment designer, and jeweler. 

We invite you contribute to these gifts. As you will see below, some gifts are already designated to be given by a specific group. To learn more about the gifts and discuss how you or your group can contribute one of the undesignated gifts, please contact Dr. Ann Guillot at Ann.Guillot@uvmhealth.org.

The Crozier (Given by the Clergy of the Episcopal Church in Vermont)

Designed and created by the Rev. Jenny Anderson, rector of St. Barnabas, Norwich, who is an artist specializing in metalworking and Jay Singh, a New England wood-turning artist. The crozier is a staff with a curved or hooked top similar in appearance to a traditional shepherd’s staff. It is symbolic of the bishop’s role as chief shepherd or pastor.

The Pectoral Cross (Given by the Lay People of the Episcopal Church in Vermont)

Designed in consultation with the Bishop-Elect, it will be created by Burlington Jewelry Designer Connie Coleman. The pectoral cross is worn by bishops not just in the liturgy, but also in the course of their daily work as a symbol of their office both to the Church and the world.

The Bishop’s Ring

Also designed and created by Burlington Jewelry Designer Connie Coleman. The ring bears the seal of the Diocese of Vermont and will be worn by the bishop as a sign of her office and is traditionally used to imprint the seal of the diocese in wax on official documents. 

White Vestments

Designed by Judith McManis of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington in consultation with the Bishop-elect. The vestments include the stole, chasuble, cope, and mitre.

Red Vestments

Designed by Rev. Tom Honderich of Indianapolis in consultation with the Bishop-elect. The vestments include the stole, chasuble, cope, and mitre.

Rochet (Given by family) and Chimere

Worn by bishops as “choir dress” in non-Eucharistic liturgies such as the Daily Office. “Choir dress” is traditionally worn by clergy in public prayer when they are not part of the altar party and are seated in the choir. For example, if they are preaching but not presiding.

To make a donation online, please visit http://tiny.cc/4c649y. Choose the gift to which you would like to contribute and complete the payment information. If the gift is not listed, please choose “Other” and specify in the comments section on the next page.   

The Episcopal Church in Vermont
5 Rock Point Road
Burlington, VT  05408
Attention: Mr. Rich Sagui

If you would prefer to send a check, please make the check payable to The Episcopal Church in Vermont, mark the memo as “pectoral cross,” and send to:

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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