Mass. Nominates Five Priests January 16, 2014 News The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Massachusetts has announced a five-member slate in searching for its 16th bishop. Details about the nominees, including their essays in response to questions posed by the search committee, are available on the diocesan website. The diocese will consider nominees by petition until Jan. 31. An electing convention will meet April 5 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. The nominees are: The Rev. Holly Antolini, 61, rector, St. James’s Church, Cambridge, Mass. The Rev. Ronald Culmer, 49, rector, St. Clare’s Church, Pleasanton, Calif. The Rev. Alan Gates, 55, rector, St. Paul’s Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin, 54, rector, St. Peter’s Church, Philadelphia The Rev. Samuel Rodman, 54, the diocese’s project manager for campaign initiatives The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, has served the diocese since January 1995. He plans to resign upon the new bishop’s consecration in September.