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The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago is a council of advice for the bishop. We serve as a sounding board for any topic or issues that the bishop would like to address.

The Standing Committee is elected by representatives from every congregation in the Diocese, gathered in Diocesan Convention. Every Episcopal Diocese (the regional body of the Episcopal Church, under the authority of a bishop) has a Standing Committee, with responsibilities assigned by the Canons of the Episcopal Church. A majority of the Standing Committees of all dioceses have to consent when any diocese elects a new bishop. If a diocese does not have a bishop, the Standing Committee has the authority to make certain decisions for the diocese.

To be ordained as a deacon or priest in the Episcopal Church requires the approval of the Standing Committee of the Diocese, so in the Diocese of Chicago, the Standing Committee works closely with the Commission on Ministry from the time a person is nominated by their congregation until they are ordained. See the Commission on Ministry page for a full description of this process. They are also legally required to approve decisions about clergy leaving the Episcopal Church for any cause.

In the Diocese of Chicago, the members of the Standing Committee elect a President each year, who is also automatically a member of the Trustees of the Endowment during their term.


2019 Standing Committee

  • Eric Biddy – President, St. Christopher’s, Oak Park, term ending 2019
  • Maria Giraldo – St. Helena, Burr Ridge, term ending 2019
  • Jeannette DeFriest – Canterbury Northwestern, term ending 2020
  • Rory Smith – St. Thomas, Chicago, term ending 2020
  • Lisa Kerpan – Secretary, Christ Church, Winnetka, term ending 2021
  • Anne Jolly – St. Gregory, Deerfield, term ending 2021

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are typically held during the week, from 6 – 8 pm, at the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, St. James Commons.

Meeting Minutes

Summaries of the Standing Committee meetings will be posted to this page as they are available. View the meeting summaries for the following meetings: September 2019, July 2019, June 2019, May 2019, April 2019, March 2019, February 2019, January 2019, December 2018, November 2018, October 2018, September 2018, June 2018, May 2018, April 2018, March 2018, February 2018, January 2018, December 2017, November 2017 and October 2017.