New York diocese announces search for bishop suffragan

Posted May 7, 2013

[Episcopal Diocese of New York] The Committee to Elect a Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York announces the opening of the time period to propose candidates for consideration to the office of bishop suffragan. The profile describing the diocese and suffragan position, as well as forms to propose a candidate and the candidate application package, may be found here. Candidates may submit their own names, or they may be proposed by others, beginning May 6.

The period for proposing names of candidates ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3. Candidates may submit their application packages at any time; the final deadline for packages is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14.

The Special Convention to Elect a Bishop will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, on Saturday, Dec. 7.  Other details surrounding the timeline for the process may be found on the website.

According to a diocesan press release: “The Diocese of New York is diverse in geography, culture, and demographics. It is composed of some 66,000 members, 72 deacons and 600 priests. It stretches from Staten Island to Sullivan County and from Wall Street to the Catskills. The diocese encompasses 10 counties that include some of the most densely populated urban landscape in the country and some of the least populated; some of the wealthiest parishes in the Episcopal Church, as well as parishes in the poorest communities. Most importantly, it is inhabited by children of God who are seeking a faithful pastor to join the people and clergy of the diocese and our diocesan bishop in the work that God has given us to do.”

“We bid your prayers both for the diocese and for those who will be in discernment to determine if this is the vocation to which God has called them.”

Members of the Committee to Elect a Bishop are: Susan Heath, the Rev. Martha Overall, Tina Pinckney, David Shover, the Rev. Nora Smith, the Rev. Buddy Stallings, George Wade (diocesan chancellor), and Co-Chairs the Rev. Loyda Morales and the Rv. Wm. Blake Rider.

The committee may be contacted at


Comments (1)

  1. The Rev. Fred Fenton says:

    Much more than a “faithful pastor” is required for the office of bishop today. The Episcopal Church is in steep decline. Parishes are closing, church staffs are being reduced, the average age of clergy and the pews is increasing. Instead of waiting for clergy to send in “application packages,” the Diocese of New York could be searching throughout the Church for someone who can help congregations find their way back to strength and health. Often overlooked in the search process is this cardinal fact: demonstrated results are the only reliable guide to claims made by or about a particular applicant.

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