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Standing Committee Report

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORT TO DIOCESAN COUNCIL
August 20, 2022

On Saturday, May 21, the 12th Bishop of Springfield, the Rt. Rev. Brian Burgess was consecrated in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. On that day, the Standing Committee, having exercised the role of Ecclesiastical Authority throughout the Episcopal transition, relinquished those duties to the newly consecrated bishop and ordinary of this Diocese.

The Standing Committee expresses continued gratitude to the many people who contributed to the transition ministries, with special thanks to the Transition Committee members and the various groups and volunteers who assisted them in bringing about this special occasion and welcoming the Burgesses to Springfield.

The Standing Committee interviewed Mr. Robert Armidon and Mr. Jonathan Butcher, Candidates for Ordination to the Diaconate. They were certified for Ordination to the Diaconate under Canon III.8.6.

The Rev. Thomas Reeves, who was seeking reception into the Episcopal Church, was interviewed in accordance with Canon III.10.3(e) and was determined by the Standing Committee to be acceptable as a Member of the Clergy of this Church. Upon request from the Bishop, received after his successful completion of an examination by the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee consented to the reception of Thomas Reeves as a priest in the Episcopal Church. We welcome Fr. Reeves and his new ministry as Priest-in-Charge at St. Matthew’s, Bloomington.

Episcopal consent was given for:

+ The Rev. Phyllis Spiegel as Bishop Diocesan of Utah

+ The Rev. Can. Shannon R. Duckworth as Bishop Diocesan of Louisiana

The Standing Committee has committed to meeting regularly with Bp. Burgess, both in-person and via Zoom, in order to conduct necessary business as well as fulfill the ministry of being a Council of Advice to the Bishop. These meetings will be approximately every other month, the next being September 15 at the Diocesan Center.

Respectfully submitted,
The Rev. Benjamin Hankinson, President