The Diocese of Texas has launched a website for seeking the next suffragan bishop to oversee the diocese’s west region. The diocese’s annual council, meeting Feb. 15-17, approved Bishop C. Andrew Doyle’s call for the election of a Suffragan bishop to succeed the Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, who has served since 2006.

A majority of bishops and standing committees must agree to the election. The election is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2019.

The website says the diocese will change from its practice of requiring nominations from clergy and laity within the diocese:

Instead, we are accepting applications. We are searching for a leader who feels called to the position, and who will enter a period of discernment with us enthusiastically and hopefully. …

We also believe that those who might have wanted to nominate someone else still have an important role in this process. You are invited to click here [PDF], to send an invitation to a priest or bishop whom you think should consider applying for the position. We are seeking applicants from around the church in order to provide an inspiring, diverse and enthusiastic list of final candidates for the election.

The website says a diocesan profile will appear on April 1.

Adapted from the Diocese of Texas

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