New Hampshire diocese names three nominees for bishop coadjutor

[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of New Hampshire’s Bishop Search and Nomination Committee March 15 announced a three-nominee slate for a bishop coadjutor to succeed Bishop V.  Gene Robinson.

The nominees include:

More information about the nominees is here.

Announcement of the slate opened a petition nomination process that closes March 25. Any additional candidates’ names are due to be announced on April 30, according to a timeline here.

The bishop coadjutor will be elected May 19 at St. Paul’s Church in Concord.

Because the election will occur close in time to the 77th meeting of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in July, Episcopal Church canons provide (in Canon III.11.3) for the required consents to be sought from the bishops and deputies at convention.

Assuming that consent is received, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is scheduled to consecrate the bishop coadjutor on Aug. 4 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

On Jan. 5, 2013, the coadjutor will be installed as the 10th diocesan bishop at St. Paul’s Church.

Robinson announced in November 2010 that he would retire in January 2013.

“Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as bishop, have been a constant strain, not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark, who has faithfully stood with me every minute of the last seven years, and in some ways, you,” said Robinson, speaking at the conclusion of the diocese’s 208th annual convention in 2010. “While I believe that these attitudes, mostly outside the diocese, have not distracted me from my service to you, I would be less than honest if I didn’t say that they have certainly added a burden and certain anxiety to my episcopate.”

Comments

  1. Marian Troup says:

    I am saddened by the departure of this servant of God and wish for him and Mark the blessings of peace and love. It is indeed sorrowful that Bishop Robinson has suffered so unnecessarily. God be with you and your husband.

  2. Keila Thomas says:

    Thank you, Marion, for your comments. You speak for me and many others I know. Bishop Robinson spoke in my diocese a short time ago, and he was powerfully received. He is a true gift to the church.

  3. John Neitzel says:

    Bishop Robinson is a sign of hope for the ECUSA in the 21st century for his honesty, prophetic voice and great compassion for a broken world. His episcopate is historic and while controversy and maliciousness have swirled around, his presence has shone light on how deeply prejudice and ignorance are held up as some divinely revealed truth. We are forever grateful.

  4. Colleen Hall says:

    Dear Bishop Robinson and Mark,
    As a clergy spouse, I can only glimpse what these years have been like for you both. Thank you for doing the difficuly work of a pilgrim. Good for you for preserving your family. God’s richest blessings upon you.

  5. Peggy R. Rogers says:

    I had the great pleasure of meeting you and Mark, hearing you speak, and receiving the eucharist from you at the 2006 General Convention and just seeing you face to face. I remember all of that so very well and am grateful for the experience. I do feel so sorry for your critics who haven’t had that experience. You and Mark will be in my thoughts and prayers in the future.

  6. Julian Malakar says:

    Bishop Robinson would be remembered in the history of Anglican Church, Like King Henry VIII, pioneer of establishing Anglican Church from Roman Catholic in 1538. Whether, Bishop Robinson would be remembered as a pioneer of breaking the Anglican Church about 500 years after establishment, only time could tell. Interestingly both men, King Henry VIII and Bishop Robinson revolted against Church for their personal interest on sexual issues. One fought for allowing divorce from his wife and remarried another woman and the other fought for divorce from his wife and remarried to another same sex person, called him husband. Both actions are spiritually wrong according to words of God and traditional value, but both were successful in fulfilling their wishes. May God bless Bishop Robinson and his husband Mark for their new challenge in life.

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