[Episcopal News Service] Seven priests have been nominated to stand for election to become the fourth bishop of the Shreveport-based Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana.
- The Very Rev. John Burwell, 60, rector, Church of the Holy Cross, Isle of Palms, South Carolina and rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Florence, South Carolina (Diocese of South Carolina);
- The Rt. Rev. William Gregg, 61, assistant bishop in the Diocese of North Carolina;
- The Very Rev. Jacob Owensby, 54, dean, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana (Diocese of Western Louisiana);
- The Rev. Canon Gregg Riley, 63, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Western Louisiana;
- The Rev. Frederick Robinson, 60, rector, Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, Florida (Diocese of Southwest Florida);
- The Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson, 47, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Louisiana; and
- The Rev. Canon Larry Wilkes, rector, Church of the Epiphany, New Iberia, Louisiana (Diocese of Western Louisiana).
More information about the nominees is available here. The nominees will participate in a series of open question-and-answer forums March 19-21 and will have the opportunity to meet with the clergy and other members of the diocese.
The person selected will succeed the Rt. Rev. Bruce MacPherson, third bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, who announced his intention to resign when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 72 in July 2012.
The election will be held on April 21 and the consecration is scheduled for July 21.
Since the election falls within 120 days of the start of the July 4-12 meeting of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, that body must consent to the bishop-elect’s ordination.
The Diocese of Western Louisiana includes 48 parishes and missions throughout the western part of the state of Louisiana covering the metropolitan centers of Shreveport and Monroe in the north to Alexandria, Lafayette and Lake Charles in the south. The cathedral of the diocese is St. Mark’s in Shreveport.