Bishop Suffragan

February 25, 2017

On February 25, 2017, all canonically resident clergy in the diocese and duly elected delegates and alternates from each congregation of the diocese will gather for the election a Bishop Suffragan during the 113th Diocesan Council in Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

A Prayer for the Diocese

The Scriptures tell us that Jesus spent the whole night in prayer before he chose his disciples (Luke 6.12). Likewise, the apostles prayed before they appointed Matthias to be one of their number. Let us, therefore, follow their examples and offer our prayers to Almighty God as we prepare to elect our Bishop Suffragan.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for calling leaders throughout the generations who boldly proclaim your love. Call through us now a bishop who will proclaim Christ’s resurrection, faithfully interpret the Gospel, and lead us into the world to love and serve the Lord, encouraging the saints and nourishing us from the riches of your grace. So guide the hearts and minds of those who will discern the person you are calling to be our Bishop Suffragan, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will guard and govern the church, sustain the presbyters, care for your people, and equip us to serve the world in Christ’s Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Nomination Process

Below are documents regarding the Bishop Suffragan election process. This information is for 2016 Diocesan Council delegates and alternates, as well as canonically-resident clergy, who all may submit a potential nominee for Bishop Suffragan to the diocesan Standing Committee. Please submit the Nominee Form to Laura Woodall at laura.woodall@dwtx.org or by fax to 210-824-1312. With questions, call 888/210-824-5387.

Cover Letter to clergy and congregations, June 30, 2016

Nominee Form - can fill out online

Biographical Data Form for Potential Nominee

Final Questions for Potential Nominee

 

Timeline

February 18-20, 2016: At the 112th Diocesan Council, Bishop Lillibridge called for the election of the Bishop Suffragan. Bishop Lillibridge also formally announced his intention to retire effective July 1, 2017. The Standing Committee submitted the proposed resolution with a timetable to delegates (adopted).

March-May, 2016: Consents to hold an election are sought from Standing Committees and Bishops with jurisdiction in The Episcopal Church.

July 1-September 30, 2016: Potential nominees' names are received.

December 1, 2016: Potential nominees are announced. Responses and biographical information are published for all delegates and clergy. Click on the cover image below to learn more about the 7 Potential Nominees:

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December 31, 2016: This is the deadline for Council delegates and clergy to submit proposed questions for the candidates to laura.woodall@dwtx.org.

January, 2017: Candidates speak at Discernment Forums.

  • Saturday, January 28, at St. Alban's, Harlingen, from 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, January 28, at Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 29, at TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • At least one Discernment Forum will be recorded and placed online for those who cannot attend a live forum.

February 25, 2017: Bishop Suffragan is elected at the 113th Diocesan Council in Corpus Christi.

July 29, 2017: The Bishop Suffragan is consecrated, if necessary, at TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio.