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Bishop Marc’s Letter to the Diocese

We have come this far by faith,
Leaning on the Lord, 
Trusting in His holy Word, 
He’s never failed us –yet. 
Singin’ oh, oh, oh, can’t turn a-round, 
We’ve come this far by faith.
Greetings to my siblings in the Episcopal Diocese of California on a day when we remember the Feast of Mary Magdalene, and the anniversary of my installation as your bishop in 2006, to announce plans for my retirement as your bishop.  I share this news with a full heart, full of appreciation for the time that Sheila, our children, and I have lived with you in this extraordinary place of possibilities.  Upon my election, I offered a statement which was also a prayer and a hope of what we might do together; an excerpt of that statement follows:  

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Expected Timeline

Fall 2021
Bishop consults Standing Committee President

Bishop Marc consults with the President of the Standing Committee about his resignation/retirement plans

April 7, 2022
Bishop informs Standing Committee

Bishop Marc informs the Standing Committee of his resignation/retirement plans

July 22, 2022
Announcement to the Diocese 

Bishop Marc announces his resignation/retirement to the people of the Diocese of California

AUgust 30 – September 16, 2022
Applications for Search & Transition Committee

Application deadline September 16

October 29, 2022
Search Commitee Selected

The members of the Search and Transition Committee are named; Search and Transition process begins

November 2022
Diocesan Listening Sessions

Dates TBD

Early April 2023
Diocesan Profile Published

Date TBD

april 17, 2023
Application for Nomination Published

The Application for Nomination will be available at diocalbishopsearch.org.

June 1, 2023
Application for Nomination  Submission Deadline

All Applications for Nomination will be due by midnight on June 1, 2023.

september 8, 2023
Slate of Nominees Announced

The Standing Committee and the Search & Transition Committee’s official announcement of the Slate of Nominees. This announcement will not include nominees by petition.

september 8, 2023
Application for  Nominees by Petition Available

The application for of Nominees by Petition will be available at diocalbishopsearch.org

October 2, 2023
Additional  Nominees and Final Slate Announced

The official Slate of Nominees for election of the Ninth Bishop of California announced. There will be no additions to the slate after October 2, 2023.

november 3–5, 2023
Meet & Greets

Opportunities to meet the Nominees for the Ninth Bishop of California will be made available to all members of the Diocese of California.

December 2, 2023

Convention to elect a Bishop Coadjutor to succeed Bishop Marc as the 9th Bishop of California

December 11, 2023 – march 20, 2024
Consent Process

The Standing Committees and Bishops with jurisdiction in The Episcopal Church have this period to consent to California’s episcopal election.

May 4, 2024

Consecration of the Bishop Coadjutor to succeed Bishop Marc as the 9th Bishop of California

July 24, 2024

Bishop Marc retires; the Bishop Coadjutor becomes 9th Bishop of California

Prayer for Transition

Almighty God, giver of every good gift, by your grace you have called us into one fellowship of faith: Look graciously on the people of the Diocese of California during this time of transition.  May we be guided in heart and mind by your Holy Spirit to seek and welcome a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us to perform the work of the Church. Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us do. Save us from all false choices, that in your light we may see light, and on your path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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