Bruce Caldwell to be provisional bishop of Lexington

Posted May 20, 2016

[Episcopal Diocese of Lexington] The Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell will serve the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington as its provisional bishop following affirmation from the clergy and laity attending a Special Convention on May 14 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Winchester, Kentucky.

Caldwell served the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming as bishop for 13 years, ending his tenure in 2010. Since then, Caldwell has served as the interim spiritual leader of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as assisting bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his family.

Since March 9, the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington has been under the ecclesiastical authority of the Standing Committee, an elected body of clergy and lay leaders, following the suspension of Doug Hahn as the bishop of Lexington. Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, working through the canonical disciplinary and pastoral processes of the church, took this action after learning that Hahn had a sexual relationship with an adult female parishioner and intentionally withheld this information when seeking the position of bishop.

Curry visited the diocese and attended the May 14 Special Convention to offer pastoral support. The convention also received greetings from Caldwell, who will officially begin as provisional bishop on June 1.

Upon hearing the news that convention elected to place the diocese under his oversight, Caldwell said, “I am excited, and I am looking forward to getting to work.”

A special Eucharist to welcome Caldwell is planned for June 18 at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington.