I am pleased to announce that Trinity Church will be joined in August 2019 by our Interim Rector, The Right Reverend James Louis Jelinek. Bishop Jelinek’s first Sunday with us will be on August 4, 2109 and we are looking forward with great anticipation to the blessed opportunity to meet and know Bishop Jelinek.


Bishop Jelinek’s unique gifts and vast experience as the Bishop of Minnesota, and most recently the Interim Rector at St. Paul’s, K Street, Washington, D.C., make him the ideal priest to lead our congregation through our transition. He is committed to help us create intentional space for purposeful, active listening about hopes and dreams and more specifically to listen for where we are called next to serve the Lord.


Our Vestry was highly impressed with Bishop Jelinek during his brief visit to Trinity on June 19,2019. During his short visit to Newport, Bishop Jelinek also had the opportunity to meet with Rev. Alan Neale, Rev. Stephanie Shoemaker, Trinity’s staff, and certain parish members. The collective impression from everyone is that Bishop Jelinek is a warm, engaging individual, who is full of energy. He understands the challenges Trinity Church faced in the past and is eager to guide us through the healing process.


We look forward to welcoming Bishop Jelinek and EZ (his full-size poodle and trusted companion) with open arms to the Trinity Church community.


I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Tatiana Schweibenz, Senior Warden