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Presiding Bishop’s statement on consent process in the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti

January 4, 2019

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued the following statement:

Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,

On 3 January 2019, the 120-day canonically mandated period for gathering consents to the ordination and consecration of the Venerable Joseph Kerwin Delicat as the Bishop Coadjutor of Haiti came to a close. I am writing to report that a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction in The Episcopal Church did not consent to the ordination and consecration, nor did the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Haiti provide evidence of consent from a majority of the Standing Committees of the dioceses of The Episcopal Church.

In the coming days I will be in consultation with leaders in the Diocese of Haiti, as well as with others around The Episcopal Church, as we look for the next, best steps forward.

The Diocese of Haiti is an important part of The Episcopal Church. Please continue to pray for the people, clergy, and bishop of Haiti as we seek to follow the Spirit of the living God.


Your brother,


The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church


Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer