Petition process announced for bishop election

12/13/2013:  The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Massachusetts today released information about the petition process that will be followed for identifying potential additional candidates for election as the next bishop of the diocese.

The nomination and application process conducted by the Discernment Committee during August and September was the primary way of identifying possible candidates for election.  The Discernment Committee is in the process of final discernment of candidates for a final slate of four or five nominees expected to be announced on Jan. 15, 2014.

"The petition process, by contrast, is intended to address the narrow circumstance when a person called to candidacy has not been raised up through the Discernment Committee process," the Standing Committee's announcement explains.  "We trust, though, that the Discernment Committee process will be the process through which most of the candidates ultimately participating in the election will be brought forward."

The petition period will open on Jan. 15, 2014, when the final slate of candidates is announced, and will close on Jan. 31, 2014.  The requirements for petition process candidates are detailed on the independent election Web site,

The electing convention will take place on April 5, 2014, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.

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