Retired Bishop Suffragan Chet Talton preaches at Eucharist at the 2017 meeting of Diocesan Convention. Photo: Janet Kawamoto

[The Episcopal News] A service of celebration and thanksgiving for the ministry of retired Bishop Chester Talton will be held on Saturday, May 18, 3 – 6 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral.

The Program Group on Black Ministries and the H. Belfield Hannibal Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians invite the diocesan community to this event, which will begin with Eucharist and end with a seafood gumbo and peach cobbler dinner reception.

Talton, 82, was consecrated sixth bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles in 1991 and served until his retirement in 2010. Prior to his election he was rector of St. Philip’s Church in New York City’s Harlem, and served churches in St. Paul, MN; Chicago; and California. He was the first person of African descent to be elected a bishop in the diocese.

Clergy are invited to wear green or Afrocentric vestments; all attendees are encouraged to wear Afrocentric attire. Reservations are requested here. St. John’s Cathedral is located at 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007.