New York Seeks a Suffragan May 6, 2013 News The Diocese of New York will accept candidate applications until June 14 for a bishop suffragan to be elected Dec. 7. The diocese has released a 13-page profile (HTML, PDF) and launched a dedicated website for the search. Candidates may submit their own names, or they may be proposed by others. The period for proposing candidates’ names ends at 5 p.m. June 3. Candidates may submit their application packages at any time; the final deadline for packages is 5 p.m. June 14. From the pool of applicants, the diocese’s Committee to Elect a Bishop will choose a slate of nominees and accept nominees by petition. The Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, Bishop of New York, writes in the profile: The Bishop Suffragan, working with diocesan staff and parish clergy and lay leaders, will have oversight responsibility for the coordination of ministries to young adults and college chaplaincies, and the development of a vision for our outreach to and shared ministry with young adults in the church and across our communities. … The Suffragan will also carry the oversight responsibility for congregational development in the diocese. This diocese has a long history of providing deep and broad support to poor and struggling parishes, but changing times and resources, and the challenges facing more and more of our churches, require of us a revisioning of what it means for us to support parish ministries and assist the pastoral and administrative needs of clergy and churches. Committee co-chairs are the Rev. Loyda Morales and the Rev. William Blake Rider. Other committee members are Susan Heath, the Rev. Martha Overall, Tina Pinckney, David Shover, the Rev. Nora Smith, the Rev. Buddy Stallings, and Chancellor George Wade.