Update on the Bishop Search Process

Contributed by: The Rev. Sharon Patterson, Education and Communications Subcommittee Chair, Bishop Search Committee

Much has been happening behind the scenes in the search for the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey. After nominations closed in May, the committee moved right into reviewing the applications and setting up interviews. We are in the middle of this process now and are on schedule to present a slate of candidates in late October. Petition candidates will also be accepted at that time. Review the full timeline on our Bishop Search Website.

Rest assured, the Holy Spirit is moving us through this process, and there is much discussion and prayerful consideration of each of the candidates by the search committee. You can help!

Throughout this time of discernment, the committee asks that you keep us, the candidates, and the diocese in your prayers! The following prayer was written by The Rev. Dr. Maria B. Sanzo, Chaplain of the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee.

A prayer for support and confidence in our Search Committee

Most gracious God you have blessed this church with the liberty to select our leadership under your guidance and care. Bless the Search Committee that we have chosen, give them discerning hearts, open minds, and quiet reflection time as they consider the nominations for our next bishop. Keep us mindful of their work throughout the weeks to come and let give us patience and confidence that your desire for our diocese will be made known to us.

More information on the bishop search process can be found on our Website:

Thank you for your support at this special time!