Bishop Croneberger of Newark has issued the following letter:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As I find myself completing my seventh year as the Bishop of Newark, I continue to give thanks for the privilege of serving as your Bishop. So it is with profound gratitude, sadness, and great reluctance that I take this opportunity to tell you that I have this day properly notified the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Newark concerning my intention to call for the election of the tenth Bishop of Newark.
In February of 2003, my wife Marilyn was diagnosed with a presently incurable neurological disease causing atrophy in the brain. A year ago, my family and I agreed that I would plan to resign as Bishop of Newark at the January 2007 Diocesan Convention. Now, in consultation with the office of the Presiding Bishop, and under Article II of the Constitution of our Diocese, I am calling for a special Diocesan Convention on June 18, 2005, for the purpose of calling for an election, and for the adoption of a discernment process which will culminate in the election of the tenth Bishop of Newark, presently planned to take place in September, 2006. Later this month the Standing Committee has been invited to meet with Bishop Clay Matthews from the Office of the Presiding Bishop to begin working together on the details of the proposed process and time schedule.
More than anything else, what needs to happen now is for us to continue your congregational ministries and our shared ministries as a diocese. There is much that can be accomplished together in God's name. I intend to vigorously continue that work as long as I am here.I pray that you will join me in that endeavor. We are called to live out the baptismal covenant that binds us together. May the Holy Spirit of God swoop through this part of the vineyard in always new and exciting ways.
Faithfully yours in Christ,
+John Palmer Croneberger
Ninth Bishop of Newark