The Electoral College for the appointment of a new Assistant Bishop was held on Saturday 11th of March in Palmerston North. However, an announcement of the successful candidate cannot be made until some further steps in the process have been completed.
Although the successful candidate will have the title of Assistant Bishop, they will be fully ordained as a Bishop in the Anglican Church, as with any other. The process is therefore a significant one, worthy of all care and due diligence. At the Electoral College, a candidate was successfully selected, and that person will now be voted upon by the entire House of Bishops from across the Province. Should the nominee pass that vote, a ballot is held across all General Synod representatives; and once this process results in a successful candidate, an announcement can be made.
The College was a significant success, reports Bishop Justin, who says he is proud of the Diocese for the way in which it has conducted itself in this rigorous yet honourable process of appointment. Whilst there are further steps to be completed, the Diocese has followed the process well, ensuring there is a strong backing for the nominee going forward.
At the College, representatives of clergy and laity gathered and heard from a number of speakers. The day opened with prayer and an address from Bishop Justin, before the sole nomination for the role was discussed. The College heard from the person who proposed the candidate for the role, their seconder, followed by a short video from the nominee themselves. Following this, the College had a time of discussion and debate about the qualities and characteristics of the candidate, before a vote was finally held and a closing address from Bishop Justin was delivered.
We look forward to announcing our new Assistant Bishop as soon as we can!