Four bishop candidates announced

Four candidates are under consideration to become the next Bishop of Pittsburgh, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced.

The preliminary slate was unanimously recommended by the nominating committee and unanimously accepted by the diocese’s standing committee. The slate is preliminary because names may be added to the ballot by petition. (Download PDF.)

Petitions may be downloaded from the diocesan website and must be postmarked by Feb. 5.

The candidates (in alphabetical order) are:ambler.jpg

Rev. Canon Michael N. Ambler Jr., rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, Maine

mcconnell.jpg Rev. Dorsey W.M. McConnell, rector, Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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Rev. R. Stanley Runnels, rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Mo.

woodliff-stanley.jpg Rev. Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Denver, Colo.

The four were selected from an initial field of 125 names submitted to the nominating committee last year, a diocesan spokesperson said. The committee then narrowed the selection over the course of several months through a review of submitted documents, telephone interviews and face-to-face meetings.

All candidates on the final slate are scheduled to visit the diocese and answer questions in a series of public forums known as “walk-abouts.”   These are scheduled to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on:

  • Tuesday, March 20 – St. Brendan’s, Franklin Park
  • Wednesday, March 21 – St. Peter’s, Brentwood
  • Thursday, March 22 – Holy Cross, Homewood
  • Friday, March 23 – St. Michael’s of the Valley, Ligonier

The Eighth Bishop of Pittsburgh will be elected at a special convention of the diocese to be held at Trinity Cathedral on April 21.

(All information supplied by Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh)