Bp. Beckwith to Retire February 28, 2017 News The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark, has announced his plan to retire next year: Earlier today I informed the Standing Committee of the Diocese and the Diocesan staff that I am calling for the election of the next Bishop of Newark. Given that the search and call of a bishop takes 18 months, the Presiding Bishop’s office has set a date of September 22, 2018, for the consecration of the 11th bishop of the diocese, shortly after I turn 67. When I came to the diocese as bishop, I had made a commitment to my family and myself that I would serve as Diocesan Bishop for ten years. It will end up being nearly twelve. I intend to be fully engaged as Bishop until the time of my successor’s consecration. Read the rest.