New York adds a bishop suffragan candidate

Posted Oct 28, 2013

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Patrick J. Ward has satisfied the necessary requirements to be nominated by petition as a candidate for election as bishop suffragan, according to an Oct. 27 e-mail from the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

Ward presently serves as interim rector of Christ Church in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

A petition process for submitting additional candidates closed Oct. 26.

On Oct. 7, the diocese the Standing Committee of the diocese announced a slate of five nominees to stand for election as the diocese’s bishop suffragan.

They are:

The nominees will participate in a visit to the diocese Nov. 12-15, during which time they will meet with clergy and lay people of the diocese.

The bishop suffragan election is scheduled to take place on Dec. 7.

The bishop suffragan will succeed the Rt. Rev. Catherine Roskam who retired in 2011 after serving the diocese for 15 years.


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  1. Marcia Callender says:

    Fr. Ward came to our church as the Interim Minister. As our search process began, our parish participated in focus groups to discuss what we were looking for in a new Rector. My son who is 13 years old, was listening to someone speaking Fr. Ward sermons. I explained to my son that Fr. Ward learned how to preach from the Southern Baptists, where I am sure some of the Preachers were Black. Malcolm turned and said “we need another Black Minister at Christ Church like Fr. Ward”. Fr. Ward sermons, as all he does brings a richness and realness to the words of God, that even a child can embrace.

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