Bishop Coadjutor Search Update, July 1, 2021

PARRISH - Though the survey deadline has passed, there is still an opportunity for all church members to voice their opinion on what qualities they would like to see in the person set to become the next bishop of Southwest Florida.

The Bishop Coadjutor Search Committee has expressed its appreciation for all those who completed the survey conducted online June 18-30, but it also has announced plans for listening sessions in each deanery as well as two opportunities for meetings via Zoom. The idea, explained the Rev. Janet Tunnell, chair of the profile/listening subcommittee, is to give everyone a chance to express their opinions. The information gathered through the survey and at the listening sessions will inform a profile that will be published as the search process continues. Those interested in knowing more about the diocese and the wishes of its communicants will be able to access this information through a website set up for the search. All are welcome to attend any one of the sessions.

The in-person listening sessions have been scheduled as follows: On Wednesday, Aug. 4: Holy Innocents, Valrico, 7 p.m., St. Thomas, St. Petersburg, 7 p.m. and St. James, Port Charlotte, 7 p.m.; on Saturday, Aug. 7: St. Wilfred’s Sarasota, 10 a.m.; Ascension, Clearwater, 10 a.m.; and St. Hillary, Ft. Myers, 10 a.m. The date for the Naples Deanery session will be announced soon. In addition, there will be two sessions online via Zoom, Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. A link for these sessions will be distributed prior to the gatherings.