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On February 28, 2017 Bishop Mark Beckwith called for the election of the next bishop. Bishop Beckwith was consecrated the 10th Bishop of Newark on January 27, 2007.

The search and call of a bishop typically takes 18 months, and the Presiding Bishop’s office has set a date of September 22, 2018 for the consecration of the 11th Bishop of Newark.

Canonically, the Standing Committee has the responsibility of overseeing the process of transitioning from one bishop to the next and is prayerfully engaged in this work.

Please join us in prayer:

Gracious God , we, your people in the Diocese of Newark, give you thanks and praise for your work among us and through us, generation to generation. Lead us in the months ahead as we prayerfully search for our next Bishop. Raise up for us a steadfast steward who will embrace our broad and blessed diversity and uphold the apostolic heritage of your Church. Guide us to a faithful witness who speaks the Gospel truth in love and joy, and intimately knows your Word and world. Direct us, your disciples, in our discernment so our faith may increase and our works glorify your Name. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Bishop Search Updates

Search for the XI Bishop of Newark
February 14, 2018
Detailed status updates from Bishop Search/Nominating and Transition Committees.
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January 17, 2018
Detailed status update from the Transition Committee for January 2018.
Search for the XI Bishop of Newark
December 13, 2017
Detailed status updates from Bishop Search/Nominating and Transition Committees.
Search for the XI Bishop of Newark
November 29, 2017
The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Newark is pleased to announce that Joseph LaVela (St. Paul’s, Chatham), Nerissa Boccino (St. Peter’s,...
Search for the XI Bishop of Newark
November 28, 2017
By now you have read the information about the events that took place two weeks ago to necessitate a pause in our XI Bishop Search. Although our...
Search for the XI Bishop of Newark
November 20, 2017
The Diocese of Newark is revising the diocesan profile it published to guide the search for its next bishop after discovering that a section of the...
Eight members of the Bishop Search/Nominating Committee (l-r): Bernard Milano, Trinity, Allendale; Janelle Grant, St. Paul's, Paterson; the Rev. Jerry Racioppi, Holy Spirit, Verona (Co-Chair); Patrice Henderson, St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange; the Rev. Tom Mathews, Christ Church, Ridgewood; Michele Simon, St. Paul's, Englewood (Co-Chair); Geraldine Livengood, Christ Church, Newton; the Rev. Thomas Murphy, St. Paul's, Jersey City.
October 31, 2017
By now we hope you are aware that our Diocesan Profile (telling candidates about who we are, where we see ourselves today, and some hopes and dreams...
Seven members of the Transition Committee (l-r): The Rev. Susan Sica, St. Gregory's, Parsippany; Robert Simmons, Epiphany and Christ Church, Orange; Wendy Drake-Schneider, St. Luke's, Montclair; the Rev. Tim Carr, St. John's, Boonton; Diana Gamarra, Christ Church, Harrison; Carol Harrison-Arnold, Incarnation, Jersey City (Co-Chair); Gail Barkley, Trinity & St. Phillip's Cathedral, Newark; the Rev. Audrey Hasselbrook, St. James, Upper Montclair (Co-Chair).
October 31, 2017
Greetings from the Transition Committee. Much work is happening behind the scenes as we work on our tasks in the process for the election of our next...
Search for the XI Bishop of Newark
October 2, 2017
With much prayer and anticipation, the Search/Nominating Committee is proud to share the Profile for the XI Bishop of the Diocese of Newark. A true...
The Bishop Search/Nominating and Transition Committees and members of the Standing Committee with Bishop Mark Beckwith and the Rev. Thad Bennett and the Rev. Kim Jackson, consultants from The Episcopal Church.
September 8, 2017
Have you been keeping up with the communication coming out from the Search/Nominating Committee via the diocesan listserv or as shared in The VOICE...