The Diocese of Lexington’s standing committee and the Rt. Rev. Douglas W. Hahn have released this joint statement, dated Dec. 15:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Diocese of Lexington:
A blessed Advent to you.
After a period of discernment and mediation, the Standing Committee of the Diocese and the Right Reverend W. Douglas Hahn have reached an agreement regarding his tenure as the Bishop Diocesan. On March 10, 2017, Bishop Hahn will tender his resignation as Bishop of Lexington to the Presiding Bishop.
“I am grateful for my time serving alongside you, the clergy and people of the Diocese of Lexington,” writes Bishop Hahn. “You will be in my prayers as you continue to serve God’s mission in Lexington and beyond.”
The members of the Standing Committee state, “Bishop Hahn has pastoral gifts that will well serve another diocese or ministry. We will continue to pray for him as his future endeavors unfold.”
“We are thankful that the Right Reverend Bruce Caldwell will continue to serve ably as Bishop Provisional for the foreseeable future,” adds the Standing Committee.
Please continue to pray for the Church and all involved.