Now that the surveys have been compiled and the listening sessions completed, the
Bishop Coadjutor Search Committee will be entering a new phase as it works
toward the goal of finding the person who will ultimately become the 6th bishop of
the Diocese of Southwest Florida.
With the work to compile a comprehensive look at the diocese complete, the
committee is ready to begin receiving nominations for the bishop’s position. The
deadline for receiving applications has been set for September 30. To assist anyone
interested in the process, a special website has been set up for the search that will
go live on Wednesday, September 1. It includes demographic information on the
diocese, historical background and, most importantly, a compilation of the
opinions and comments from those in the diocese about what they hope to see in
their next bishop.
Beginning October 1 and for the following two months, members of the Bishop
Coadjutor Search Committee will be interviewing prospective candidates and
completing their discernment process, which will culminate in a weekend retreat in
January. At the conclusion of this gathering, the committee will be ready to present
its slate of finalists to the Standing Committee and ultimately to the electing
With the approval of the Presiding Bishop, the new bishop will be consecrated in a
special service Sept. 24, 2022.