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Search for the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia

Steps in the Process

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  • Nominating Committee conducts a survey and holds listening sessions in each convocation to hear from the people regarding the qualities needed in the new bishop.[Fall 2018] This is complete.
  • Nominating Committee generates a Diocesan Profile for approval by the Standing Committee.  [Winter 2019] This is in progress.
  • Transition Committee plans the Celebration of the Ministry of Bishop Hollerith.  This will take place at Annual Council, February 8 in Williamsburg.
  • Standing Committee posts profile and invites applications. [February 1 – March 15, 2019]
  • Transition Committee plans ‘Walkabouts’ to be held September 3-14, not more than 5 meetings at diverse locations in the Diocese to provide an opportunity for people to meet, hear and question the candidates.  They also begin planning Election Convention and Consecration.  This planning is in progress.
  • Nominating Committee screens applicants, completes Skype interviews with potential nominees, completes background checks and reviews psychiatric evaluations, may visit nominees, and presents Standing Committee with a slate of not fewer than 3 candidates. [April 1 through June 14, 2019]
  • Standing Committee announces nominees and invites others who wish to be placed on the ballot to complete the petition process.  [June 21, 2019]
  • Standing Committee determines whether any petitioners will be placed on the ballot. [Petition process closes July 12, 2019]
  • Transition Committee oversees ‘walkabouts’, providing support to each of the candidates.  [September 3-14, 2019]
  • Transition Committee oversees the Election Convention at which clergy and lay delegates vote separately.  A majority of votes in each order is necessary for the election of a bishop.  [September 21, 2019]
  • Standing Committee receives consent for the Consecration of the Bishop Elect from a majority of the Bishops and Standing Committees of the Dioceses.
  • Transition Committee provides support for Bishop Elect and his/her family and for those not selected.
  • Transition Committee makes final arrangements for consecration, including gifts for the new Bishop.  [Consecration is scheduled for February 1, 2020.
  • Transition Committee provides the new Bishop any support he/she desires.


Last Published: January 28, 2019 7:54 AM