The Rt. Rev. Philip M. Duncan II, third Bishop of the Central Gulf Coast, has called for the election of his successor.

In a letter dated July 31, Bishop Duncan writes that his diocese has set July 25, 2015, as the date for the ordination and consecration of his successor.

“As I begin my retirement, I will have been ordained 45 years and will have been your bishop for more than 14 years,” the bishop wrote. “In December of 2014 I will celebrate my 70th birthday and it seems right to me, while I am still healthy and have Kathy’s support, to exercise Episcopal ministry in a different way, as we begin this new phase of our life and ministry together.”

Bishop Duncan’s letter follows.

Bishop Philip Duncan to Retire