MARYLAND: Diocese announces four nominees for 14th bishop

January 7, 2008

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland January 8 announced a slate of four nominees to become its 14th bishop.

The nominees are:

  • the Very Rev. Peter D. Eaton, 49, dean, St. John's Cathedral in Denver (Diocese of Colorado);
  • the Rev. Jane Soyster Gould, 51, rector, St. Stephen's Memorial Church in Lynn, Massachusetts (Diocese of Massachusetts);
  • the Rev. Dr. John C.N. Hall, 49, rector, St. Matthew's Church in Chandler, Arizona (Diocese of Arizona);
  • the Rev. Canon Eugene Taylor Sutton, 54, canon pastor, Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C. and director of the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage (Diocese of Washington).

Photographs and detailed biographies, resumes and letters of introduction are available here. More information about the nominees is available here.

The search process for the successor to Bishop Robert W. Ihloff, who retired in April 2007, began in February 2007. Maryland's Bishop Suffragan John L. Rabb, was named bishop-in-charge of the diocese by the Standing Committee effective April 11, 2007. He will resume his suffragan position with the consecration of the new bishop on June 28.

The Standing Committee charged the Search Committee with presenting to the Diocese of Maryland a diverse slate of not less than four nominees, the Rev. Scott P. Bellows, Standing Committee president, said in a news release.

"Their charge fulfilled, the Search Committee has presented four exceptionally qualified individuals," he said.

Nominations by petition will be accepted until January 29, according to the news release. Each applicant will be required to supply 20 petition signatures as well as a resume, biography and letter of introduction to the diocese as supplied by the Search Committee nominees. All completed materials must be received no later than 5 p.m. on January 29. All nominees will be vetted by the Standing Committee, which can then add names to the slate. Petition information and materials are available here.

All of the nominees will be part of a series of diocese-based meet-and-greet sessions, commonly known as "walk-abouts," in early March.

The electing convention will be held at St. James' Church, Lafayette Square, Baltimore, on March 29.

The Diocese of Maryland includes 23,000 households in 117 congregations covering 10 counties and Baltimore City.

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