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Search News & Updates


The Nominating/Search Committee brought four candidates to the Diocese, whose names were announced on June 21. You can find the information about them here. Two Petition candidates were approved by the Standing Committee. You can find information about them here.

Candidate Walkabouts

Walkabouts are opportunities to meet the candidates for our 11th Bishop, hear their responses to questions and help them to learn more about you, our diocese. Click here to learn more about the candidates. The Walkabouts were held: Sept. 6 at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg; Sept. 7 at Chanco on the James; and Sept. 8 at Johns Memorial in Farmville. Walkabouts scheduled for Sept. 5 on the Eastern Shore and Sept. 6 in Virginia Beach were cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian.

Video of Walkabout
The Bishop Candidate Walkabout on September 6 at Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, was video recorded and is available HERE.

Bishop Election

Special Council to Elect the 11th Bishop of Southern Virginia will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Dinwiddie High School, 11501 Boisseau Road in Dinwiddie. Click here for more information and delegate registration.

Ordination & Consecration Service

Consecration of the 11th Bishop Of the Diocese of Southern Virginia will be held February 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The Most Reverend Michael Curry presiding. Click here for more information.

Bulletin Inserts

The Transition Committee has created a series of four bulletin inserts to help congregations understand the bishop election process and prepare for the Walkabouts:

  1. Information about Bishop Candidate Walkabouts and Walkabout map
  2. What is a Bishop?
  3. What is the Role of Bishops Today?
  4. What Kind of Person Should We Be Looking For in Our New Bishop?

The Transition Committee has also created a handout listing the six bishop candidates and their experience.


Bishop Hollerith's Address to Annual Council, Feb. 16, 2018

Update from Standing Committee, May 10, 2018

Application for Search and Transition Committees, May 15, 2018

Update from Standing Committee, July 25, 2018

Bishop Search committee members named, August 20, 2018

Update from Standing Committee, September 27, 2018

Convocation Listening Sessions, November 7, 2018

Bishop James Magness called as Bishop Diocesan Pro Tempore, December 11, 2018

Diocesan Profile is live, February 1, 2019

Bishop election date and location set, April 18, 2019

Bishop Candidates announced, June 21, 2019

Singers needed for Consecration service, July 1, 2019

Dates for Walk Abouts set, July 1 2019

Update from Standing Committee, July 16, 2019

Registration open for Bishop Election, August 1, 2019

Petition Candidates Announcement, August 6, 2019

Walkabout on Eastern Shore cancelled due to hurricane, September 4, 2019

Walkabout in VB moved to Williamsburg due to hurricane, September 4, 2019

Susan B. Haynes elected 11th Bishop of Southern Virginia, September 21, 2019

Join the Consecration Choir!, October 11, 2019


Last Published: October 11, 2019 11:46 AM