Southwestern Virginia diocese announces 4 nominees for sixth bishop

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia has announced a slate of four nominees to stand for election as the diocese’s sixth bishop.

The nominees are:

Detailed information about the four nominees is available here.

A petition process for submitting additional candidates will run until Dec. 18.

The nominees will participate in a visit to the diocese March 1-3, 2013, during which time they will meet with clergy and lay people of the diocese.

The bishop election will take place on March 9 and the ordination is scheduled for July 20.

The sixth bishop will succeed the Rt. Rev. Neff Powell, who has served as the diocese’s fifth bishop since 1996.

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  1. It is perhaps quite natural that +David Cappel-Rice, Bishop of Waiapu, in the North Island of New Zealand, should be considered for a job in his old homeland in North America. However, that’s now 2 of our ACANZP Bishops – the other is the Pakeha Archbishop of New Zealand, who has been chosen to head the Anglican Ecumenical centre in Rome, Italy – who have been actively ‘poached’ by oversea interests in the Anglican Communion!

    Now, that’s either a great boost for our New Zealand Church or, alternatively, ACANZP could be seriously weakened by the loss of two very capable and well-loved Bishops, both of whom have contributed largely to what we have become in our multi-cultural society. However, at a time of stress within the Communion, we in Aotearoa/New Zealand can be proud that we have produced Bishops of the like of these two cleric by the patriarchal name of ‘David’, to help in the mission of the world-wide Anglican Communion at this time in our joint history.

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