The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem
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Bethlehem Bishop Search

The Bishop Transition Committee Update
April 4, 2018

The Transition Committee looks forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming events. Please join us at one of our Walkabout evenings throughout the Diocese. You can learn more about our candidates on the Nominees page or in our Transition Committee Newsletters above.

To involve our youth on our Bishop transition journey, a Diocese of Bethlehem Bishop Search Coloring Book was created. The book contains interesting facts about the history of the Episcopal church and what it means to be a Bishop. Please click on the link to download the book.

Don’t forget to register for the Bishop Sean Farewell Party. All are welcome! There is no charge to attend this event, but we need attendees to register by April 23, 2018.

Nominees have been announced
February 8, 2018

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Bethlehem is pleased to announce the approved slate of nominees received from the Search Committee for the IX Bishop of Bethlehem. Information about the nominees can be found on the nominees tab of this website.

The Bishop Transition Committee Update
January 8, 2018

The Transition Committee has been diligently planning since November for the upcoming events in the Bishop selection process. This weekend, we weathered the single digit temperatures when we met at St. Stephens in Wilkes-Barre. Please stop by to see the beautiful stained glass and organ next time you are in town!

The Transition committee will begin weekly newsletters on January 14th to keep our diocese informed of upcoming events, general information regarding the bishop selection process, and information about the candidates themselves. These newsletters will be distributed in church bulletins. The Newsletter for January 14, 2018 can be found HERE.

Stay tuned, things are about to get really exciting . . . .
Upcoming Events:
Mid-February: Announcement of the Bishop Candidates
April 17-20: Walkabout Week
April 28: Electing Convention
May 12: Bishop Sean Service and Farewell Reception

The Bishop Search Committee Update
December 13, 2017

The Search Committee has been meeting diligently over the past few weeks. The Committee has been about the sacred tasks of engaging and interviewing candidates. These interactions have been filled with prayer and earnest discernment with quality individuals from around the church. We are grateful to all who have offered themselves in vulnerability to this process. In the next few weeks the committee will meet with a group of candidates on retreat. The committee anticipates prayerfully discerning and after following all forms of interview, prayer, mutual discernment, background check and clearances and medical/psychological exams to present to the Standing committee three to five persons for a slate to be elected on April 28th.

The Standing Committee in the meantime has appointed a Transition Committee. This committee has begun meeting and preparing for the announcement of the slate of candidates. Once announced it will be the responsibility of the Transition Committee to introduce the candidates to the diocese through various platforms and organize their physical presence in a series of “walk-abouts” around the diocese. The transition committee membership is posted on

The Bishop Search Committee Update
October 13, 2017

The Search Committee has been hard at the prayerful work of engaging applications submitted for candidates to our process. Over the next few months we will be engaged in this hard work of discernment and we appreciate your prayers for us as well as for those who are offering their gifts to the Church. This phase of our search is rooted in deep prayer, Christian hospitality, and sacred confidentiality.

The committee also presented a report to the diocesan convention held in late September. The script of that presentation is located HERE. A short video designed as a pastoral and educational offering to the convention delegates is also located here.

The Bishop Search Committee Update
September 21, 2017

The search committee met Thursday September 21st at All Saints Church in Lehighton, PA. We are grateful to the good people of All Saints for the warm welcome and hospitality of their space.

The deadline for applications for has passed and the committee is delighted to have a pool of gifted and diverse applicants discerning with us. The committee now enters into the deep and hard work of praying through applications. Over the next few months, the committee will engage with candidates in a variety of forums. We now enter a time defined by prayer and confidentiality. We ask your prayers along the way.

The committee will continue to meet every other week in addition to engaging with our candidates in various interview settings. The committee will be making a presentation at our diocesan convention this Friday. We hope to post a video of that convention presentation. Stay tuned!

The Bishop Search Committee Update
September 7, 2017

The Search Committee continues to meet regularly every other Thursday in various parts of the Diocese. The committee is grateful for the presence of our chaplain and Moravian Bishop Blair Couch. Bishop Couch has rooted us in prayer and has tended to our emotional and spiritual needs. The committee has enjoyed meeting in locations throughout the diocese and we are grateful to the many parishes who are hosting us for our work. The committee is preparing a presentation for our diocesan convention and has been working hard at preparing for the next phases of our process. The period for receiving nominations ends on Monday September 11th and applications are to be received Monday September 18th. We are looking forward to the next phases of this process.

The Bishop Search Committee Announces Profile is Complete. Now Accepting Applications and Nominations.
August 7, 2017

The search committee for the IX Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem is pleased to announce that our profile is complete and we are now accepting nominations and applications. Use the tabs above to view the profile, make nominations, or make application. Deadline for nominations is September 11, 2017. Deadline for applications is September 18, 2017.

The Bishop Search Committee Working Hard on Parish Profile!
July 14, 2017

The Bishop Search Committee met July 13, 2017 at St. Luke's Church, Lebanon. The committee is grateful for all of the good feedback it has received from the diocese in regional gatherings and survey. The committee is now drawing very near to a completed draft profile for potential candidates to learn about our diocese, our strenghts and our challenges, our hopes and dreams we hope to live into with our next Bishop. A draft profile, once approved by the Standing Committee will be made public on this search website.

The Bishop Search Committee launches its website!
The website for the Bishop's search has been launched. Thanks to the creative and good work of our friends at na studios in Northampton, Pennsylvania the website is now launched for our search.

The website is intended for our diocesan community, potential candidates to our search, and any good soul who may have interest in our search for the IX Bishop of Bethlehem.

Check out our welcome video . Look for regular updates from the committee and for an understanding of who we are and what our process is. You can find here also regular contributions from our education committee about the ministry and role of the office of Bishop. You will see also a regular feed from our diocesan facebook page, keeping you abreast of many of the ongoing ministries carried out by our diocesan community.

The search committee is working hard now on creating our profile. Look for the profile, its coming soon! Once the profile is completed, approved by the Standing committee, we will begin to receive nominations and applications. (Late July)

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