Newport, RI, August 2, 2019 – Trinity Church today announced the arrival of The Right Reverend James Jelinek as its Interim Rector.

Bishop Jelinek will guide the parish during the transition until its 31st rector is called, a process anticipated to take about 10 months. Trinity Church is an icon of American tolerance and religious freedom, having literally stood the test of time since its founding in 1698. Beyond its historical and architectural significance, however, beats the young heart of a growing and extraordinary parish eager to carry on the mission of the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Jelinek served for 17 years as Bishop in the Diocese of Minnesota from 1993 to 2010. Prior to that, he served as Rector at St. Aidan’s Church in San Francisco, California, and St. Michael and All Angels in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most recently he served as the Interim Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. A Wisconsin native, Jelinek is a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and The General Theological Seminary in New York City.

Bishop Jelinek’s prior experience as a bishop and his reputation of energy and commitment to excellence are truly blessings for Trinity Church, said Tatiana Schweibenz, Senior Warden. “Bishop Jelinek’s arrival represents a turning point as well as a real opportunity to strengthen our community of faith and recommit ourselves to Trinity’s future success. We are very excited to have him join us as Interim Rector.”

Working with the parish, Bishop Jelinek will assist the congregation to determine what is important to the parish, and guide them through the core questions that will need to be answered during their search to call the next rector. His first sermon will be delivered this Sunday August 4, 2019. All are welcome!