[Episcopal News Service] With the addition of the Rev. Canon Scott T. Quinn, rector of Church of the Nativity in Crafton, Pennsylvania, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced a final slate of five priests to stand for election as its next bishop.
Quinn, 57, who also serves as canon to the ordinary, is the only candidate currently serving in the Pittsburgh diocese. He was nominated by petition, a procedure that required 10 signatures from a representative combination of clergy, lay convention deputies and others, along with the consent of the person being nominated.
The other candidates, announced on Jan. 15, are:
- the Rev. Canon Michael N. Ambler, Jr., 46, rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, Maine (Diocese of Maine);
- the Rev. Dorsey W. M. McConnell, 58, rector, Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Diocese of Massachusetts);
- the Rev. R. Stanley Runnels, 59, rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri (Diocese of West Missouri);
- the Rev. Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, 49, rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Denver, Colorado (Diocese of Colorado).
The eighth bishop of Pittsburgh will be elected at Trinity Cathedral on April 21.
The diocese has been without a diocesan bishop since a majority of diocesan members and its leadership voted in October 2008 to leave the Episcopal Church and align with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.
The diocese is currently led by Provisional Bishop Kenneth L. Price, Jr., whose three-year term will conclude with his retirement, effective when the new bishop is consecrated. Price was bishop suffragan in the Diocese of Southern Ohio when he was elected.
The candidates for bishop will tour the diocese the week of March 19 and will answer questions in a series of public forums. The location and dates for these are available here.
Because the election will occur close in time to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in July, church canons provide for the required consents to be sought from the bishops and deputies at General Convention. Subject to obtaining that consent, the bishop-elect will be consecrated at a ceremony at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh on Oct. 20.
More information about the election process is available in the bishop search section of the diocesan website.