When the process began in the search for our next bishop, we knew that there were other bishop searches going on around the country, and there was a natural fear that we all voiced: What if we throw an election and no one comes? Clearly an unnecessary worry, as the Spirit has moved many good people to embark in the journey with us and explore the possibility of becoming the 13th Bishop of New Jersey!
We are excited to have much work for us in the coming months learning about these candidates and their faith journeys, and we can be confident that we will be able to present exciting and inspiring candidates to the diocese when our work concludes. Keep us in your prayers as we get to know these people who would like to know our Diocese better and perhaps lead us through the next phase of our ministry here in New Jersey and beyond.
Watch for our “Mitre on the Move” activity for our younger audience for the summer months!
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.
Thank you for your support at this special time!
More information on the bishop search process can be found on our bishop search Web site..