KENTUCKY: Diocese announces four nominees for bishop
The nominees are:
- the Rev. David Allen Boyd, 54, rector, St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin (Diocese of Texas);
- the Very Rev. John P. Downey, 56, dean, Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie (Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania);
- the Very Rev. William Nicholas Knisely Jr., 49, dean, Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix (Diocese of Arizona);
- the Very Rev. Terry Allan White, 50, dean, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City (Diocese of West Missouri).
More complete biographical information on the nominees is available here.
The election will be held on June 5 at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in Louisville. The person chosen will succeed Bishop Ted Gulick, the diocese's seventh bishop, who announced in October 2008 his retirement plans. The consecration is expected to take place on Sept. 25 at the Galt House in Louisville.
"We interviewed a number of highly qualified presbyters (priests, deans, canons), all of whom were highly qualified," Search/Nominating Committee Chair Alex Campbell said in a diocesan news release.
Search/Nominating Committee member Jim Moyer, noting that no women priests are among the nominees, said that "we came to a very strong consensus about the quality of the individuals." Moyer made his remarks during a Jan. 23 joint meeting of the Standing Committee and the Search/Nominating Committee at Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville, according to the diocesan release.
The Very Rev. Mark Boulakas, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, added that the committee expressed its concern to the search committee consultant, who reminded them, "you have a committee that is very diverse, not all men."
There were 78 applicants for nomination, the release said.
The announcement opens the nomination by petition process to the diocese's clergy and laity, who may nominate candidates through Feb. 12. The petition form can be found here.
Under the canons (III.11.4) of the Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees must consent to the bishop-elect's ordination as bishop within 120 days of receiving notice of the election.