The Search for the Ninth Bishop of California

Expected Timeline

Dates and Events Subject to Change

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 Committee Selected

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

November – December 2022

Diocesan Listening Sessions

November 12, November 16
December 1, December 3, December 7

More information about Listening Sessions

April 17, 2023

Diocesan Profile Published

April 17, 2023

Application for Nomination Published

The Application for Nomination will be available at

May 31, 2023

Application for Nomination Submission Deadline

All Applications for Nomination will be due by midnight on May 31, 2023

September 22, 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 22, 2023

Application for Nominees by Petition Available

The process and application to petition is available here

October 18, 2023

Final Slate Announced

The official Slate of Nominees for election of the Ninth Bishop of California announced.

November 2–5, 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 Ninth 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 Ninth Bishop of California

July 24, 2024


Bishop Marc retires. The Bishop Coadjutor becomes the Ninth Bishop of California.