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Fla. priest elected bishop of NJ Episcopal Diocese



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

The Rev. William Stokes was elected Saturday in a vote involving hundreds of clergy and laity members. He will assume the post this summer and will be formally ordained Nov. 2 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.

The 56-year-old Stokes now serves as rector of St. Paul’s Church in Delray Beach. In New Jersey, he will succeed Bishop George Councell, who announced earlier this year that he would step down after nearly 10 years of service.

The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey covers the southern two-thirds of the state. It includes 154 congregations and has about 40,000 members overall.