Episcopal Diocese of Albany diocesan Bishop Dan Herzog and Bishop Suffragan Dave Bena on October 30 told the members the diocesan Standing Committee that they each intend to retire in early 2007.
"We have both prayerfully considered what God's will is, and believe that this is the right time to pass on the apostolic ministry. We have discussed this with Bishop William Love, the Coadjutor of the Diocese, and he is ready to assume leadership as Ninth Bishop of Albany. By the time we retire on January 31, over ten months will have elapsed since his election," the two said in a statement posted on the diocese's website.
Love was a member of both the Standing Committee and the Diocesan Council and therefore is "well acquainted with the vision and operations of the diocese," the bishops said.
They called Love "an able leader, committed to Christ and His kingdom."
"Both of us have been blessed to labor together in this portion of the Lord's vineyard. We have been particularly blessed by our fellow disciples, both lay and ordained," the bishops said. "Both of us are deeply grateful for the help of so many as we endeavored to carry our episcopal ministry across this vast diocese."
Love was elected on March 25. In June, his election received the consent of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. He was consecrated September 16.
Love is a native of Texas. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House in 1991, a Master of Science degree in education from the State University of New York-Plattsburgh in 1988, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Southwest Texas State in 1980. Love was ordained deacon in 1991, and served on the staff of the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany. Following his ordination as a priest in 1992, he became rector at St. Mary's Church in Lake Luzerne. He has served as its rector for the past 14 years.
He is married to New York Air National Guard Colonel Karen Love. They have two teenage children, Chris and Catie.
The Diocese of Albany comprises about 19,700 Episcopalians worshipping in 120 congregations.