Following Bishop Hollerith’s announcement of his intention to retire December 31, 2018, the Standing Committee of the Diocese appointed two committees: the Nominating/Search Committee and the Transition Committee.

In October 2018, the two committees convened at a retreat, received their charges from the Standing Committee, and began working sessions with the national consultant for our diocese, Conrad Selnick. The Nominating/Search Committee developed a questionnaire—which was made available to laity, priests, and deacons within the diocese in both electronic and paper format—and received 871 completed responses. By asking open-ended questions, the questionnaire requested thoughts and experiences regarding relationships with the diocese; mission and ministry involvements; opportunities and challenges facing the diocese; and hopes and desires for the future. Please visit the questionnaire report page to learn more about what we learned from the responses. The data was analyzed and shared across the diocese within Listening Sessions held during November 2018—one in each of the nine Convocations. The Listening Sessions provided an opportunity to discuss the responses to the questionnaire further with members of the diocese. Please read the summary of the listening sessions to learn more.

The questionnaire—and ensuing conversations—have provided the basis for this profile. The Nominating/Search Committee hopes that the profile will show something of the personality of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. We hope you will see our strengths, passions, deficiencies, and contradictions. But above all, we hope you will see our aspirations to live a more vibrant faith in service of our Lord.

February 1 – March 15, 2019
Nominations and Applications Accepted

April and May, 2019
Nominating/Search Committee conducts phone Interviews

June 4-5, 2019
Nominating/Search Committee discernment retreat with candidates

June 14, 2019
Nominating/Search Committee provides names to Standing Committee

June 21, 2019
Slate is announced

June 21, 2019
Petition process opens

July 5, 2019
Petition process closes

September 4 – 8, 2019
Bishop Candidates’ “Walkabouts”

September 21, 2019
Electing Convention

February 1, 2020
Consecration of the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia

Click here for a flowchart of the process schedule

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