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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: Four names added to coadjutor slate

By Mary Frances Schjonberg
[Episcopal News Service]  Four diocesan priests have been added by petition to the slate of nominees for bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, its Standing Committee announced November 15.

Meeting at the diocesan office in Sarasota, the committee announced that four nominees have completed the petition process. They are:

They will join the three nominees on the slate announced Oct. 31 by the Nominating Committee:

Adler and Lewis were members of the Standing Committee and both resigned when their petition papers were filed. Their resignations leave the current Standing Committee with only six members, one more than is needed for a quorum. Adler, who was up for re-election to the committee at the December 2 diocesan convention, will take his name off the ballot, according to Standing Committee President Karen Patterson.
The election of the coadjutor, who will become the fifth bishop when Bishop John Lipscomb, 56, retires in 2009, will take place December 9 at St. Peter's Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Lipscomb has been bishop since 1997.

A meeting with the nominees is set for December 1 at the Venice, Florida, Community Center.

When Lipscomb called for a coadjutor in October 2004, he anticipated an election in January 2006. However, the House of Bishops agreed on March 15, 2005 to withhold consent to any episcopal election until the start of the 75th General Convention in June 2006, thus delaying election processes in Southwest Florida and some other dioceses.

The Diocese of Southwest Florida comprises about 36,000 Episcopalians worshipping in 78 congregations.