Bishop Search Update: Final slate with additional nominee by petition announced; Meet the nominees May 7-11

Photo grid of final slate of bishop nominees Final slate:
Brendan J. Barnicle; Edwin D. Johnson; Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa; Gideon L.K. Pollach; Julia E. Whitworth

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is pleased to announce that, having added one additional nominee from the petition process, it has approved a final slate of nominees for election as the 17th bishop diocesan of the Diocese of Massachusetts. They are:

  • The Rev. Dr. Brendan J. Barnicle,
    Rector, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Wilsonville, OR
  • The Rev. Edwin D. Johnson,
    Director of Organizing, Episcopal City Mission, Boston, MA
  • The Rev. Canon Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa, Th.D.,
    Canon for Immigration and Multicultural Ministries, Diocese of Massachusetts
  • The Very Rev. Gideon L. K. Pollach,
    Rector, St. John's Church, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • The Rev. Julia E. Whitworth,
    Rector, Trinity Church, Indianapolis, IN

More information about each nominee can be found at

Members of the diocese will have the opportunity to meet the nominees in a series of Meet-and-Greets that will take place May 7-11. Information about the schedule and locations of the Meet-and-Greets is available at

The election will take place on Saturday, May 18 at Trinity Church in Boston.  All canonically resident clergy of the diocese and lay delegates (two elected from each of the diocese’s parishes and missions) vote separately as “orders”; a majority of votes on the same ballot from both the clergy and lay orders is required for election.  Information about the electing convention is available at

Please keep the nominees, the Nominating Committee, the Transition Committee and the people of our diocese in your prayers as we move into this next phase in the discernment of our 17th bishop.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman, President, Standing Committee
Grace Knowles, Vice President, Standing Committee
William Boyce, Co-Chair, Bishop Nominating Committee
The Rev. Diane Wong, Co-Chair, Bishop Nominating Committee
Linda Ouellette, Co-Chair, Bishop Nominating Committee

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The diocesan community is invited to join in the following prayer:

Loving and Living God, as we seek a bishop for the Diocese of Massachusetts, we also seek you. Help us to listen deeply as you speak through the people of our diocese; through our parishes, missions, ministries and institutions; through our neighborhoods, towns and cities; through our past and our present; through word and sacrament.

When we are distracted by other voices, other tasks, other pressures, call us back to you. Give us courage, vision and an ability to see past the surface of things. May we be patient and compassionate, trusting always in your mercy and goodness to us and to all that you have made.

We pray this in the name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, one God. Amen.

Dios amoroso presente en nuestras vidas, mientras buscamos un obispo para la Diócesis de Massachusetts, también te buscamos a ti. Ayúdanos a escuchar profundamente mientras hablas a través del pueblo de nuestra diócesis, a través de nuestras parroquias, misiones, ministerios e instituciones, a través de nuestros vecindarios, pueblos y ciudades, a través de nuestro pasado y nuestro presente, y a través de la palabra y el sacramento.

Cuando nos distraigan otras voces, otras tareas, otras presiones, llámanos de vuelta hacia ti. Concédenos valor, visión y la capacidad de ver más allá de la superficie de las cosas. Que seamos pacientes y compasivos, confiando siempre en tu misericordia y bondad hacia nosotros y hacia todo lo que has creado.

Oramos esto en el nombre de la Santísima Trinidad, un solo Dios. Amén.

Prayer by The Rev. Ginger Solaqua; Translation by The Rev. Deacon Ema Rosero-Nordalm