After consultation with the Standing Committee, we decided today to delay the election of my successor as your bishop due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We now plan to elect the next bishop of Chicago at our annual diocesan convention, currently scheduled for November 20-21 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard.
Due to this delay, and the disruption of our common life due to the pandemic, I have also decided to postpone my retirement originally scheduled for August 2020.
The Standing Committee is working with the presiding bishop’s office on a new date for the consecration of the thirteenth bishop of Chicago, and further details will be announced when they are available.
Bishop Jeffrey Lee
From the Standing Committee:
In recent weeks, the Standing Committee has been prayerfully considering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our diocese and the electing convention, which was scheduled to take place in June.
Bishop Lee and Standing Committee have decided that the electing convention will not take place in June. Instead, we are now looking to hold the bishop election during annual diocesan convention in November. We are in contact with the Presiding Bishop’s office, and will announce additional details and a new date for the ordination and consecration as soon as we are able.
Given the extraordinary circumstances, Bishop Lee has assured us that he is willing to consider adjusting his retirement date, as we work through the details of modifying the bishop transition timeline. We are very grateful for his leadership and his faithful care of our diocese during this unprecedented time.
Look for updates in this newsletter and on the bishop search and transition website.