Virgin Mary and Jesus Statue

Petition Process

FOR THE 6TH BISHOP OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Explanation: The Petition Application Process has replaced the practice of nominations from the floor of the electing convention in order to ensure that due time is allowed for all nominees to receive the screening and background checks required before standing for election.

 

 

Candidates wishing to be considered by petition with the final slate must:

 

  1. Submit all requisite forms, answer all questions, and provide the same information required of slate candidates. All documents and directions can be found on the Application Process page.  Submit all items to applications@bishopsearchswfl.org.
     

  2. Submit to the same background check as slate candidates.
     

  3. Submit the complete petitions and information within the ten-day petition nomination period of: January 29, 2022, 5:00 PM, to February 7, 2022, 5:00 PM.
     

  4. Submit a completed petition form (click here to access the form) that is signed by a total of 25 signatories consisting of:

 

a.  At least two (2) canonically resident and active clergy persons from at least five of the seven Deaneries of the Diocese, representing at least two different parishes or missions per Deanery, for a total of at least ten (10) clergy signatories.   

b.  And at least three (3) lay communicants in good standing from at least five of the seven Deaneries of the Diocese, representing at least two different parishes or missions per Deanery, for a total of at least fifteen (15) lay signatories.

 

 5.  Be it noted that signatories to a petition, whether clergy or lay, may not sign more than one petition.

  6.  Be it further noted that Petition Candidates must be fully included in the “Meet and Greet” events to be held in late March 2022.