The Election Process Timeline for the 12th Bishop of Springfield (IL)

Year 2021

January – May 14: Listening Phase

Diocesan Survey

February 5          Martyrs of Japan,1597/Agatha of Sicily, martyr, c 251
Agreement reached on resources and approach

February 26
        Ember Day, Photini, The Samaritan woman, c 67
Completion of survey questions and format ready to distribute

March 19
              Saint Joseph
Collect responses from survey

March 31              Wednesday in Holy Week 
Deadline for survey response submissions. Paper copies must be received by this date. The online form will close at midnight on this date.

April 9                   Friday of Easter Week
Results tabulated and survey reports prepared

Holy Week – March 28 Palm Sunday – April 4 Easter Sunday

Listening Sessions

April 26 (St Mark the Evangelist)May 14
Listening Sessions

May 25                 Bede, Priest & Historian 735
Survey/Listening results tabulated and analyzed, and Diocesan Profile completed

June 1                   Justin, Martyr, 167

Profile, Guidelines, and Nomination Packages are posted and distributed

June 30                 

Deadline for receiving completed Nominations and Applications for Bishop from the nominators and nominees.

    • Nomination forms from the nominators required.
    • Completed Office for Transition Ministry (OTM) portfolio, 2-page maximum resume, photograph with a headshot, lay and clerical references, consent to background/reference checks, and responses to 3 questions (250 words or less for each answer) to be submitted by the nominee.

August 24               St. Bartholomew The Apostle

    • Screening (background & reference checks) completed
    • Three (3) question video interview of the nominees completed

September 14         Holy Cross Day
Booklet with Nominations distributed to Synod Delegates, who will convene as a Nominating Synod

October 15/16       Teresa of Avila {15th}, Hugh Latimer & Nicholas Ridley, Bishops and martyrs, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury {16th}

  • Annual Synod on October 15th. Nominating Synod convenes on October 16th to select three candidates for the 12th Bishop of Springfield.  Cathedral Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, Springfield, Illinois

October 18-30
Interview and post the videos of the three candidates


November 8 – 13 (Locations in the diocese, dates, & times TBD):

  • Meet the Candidates

December 11
Electing Synod convenes to elect the 12th Bishop of Springfield. Cathedral Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, Springfield, Illinois


Year 2022

January 14              Richard Meux Benson, Priest and Charles Gore, Bishop, 1915 and 1932

    • The Bishop Elect’s required or supplemental background checks plus required physical and psychological exams completed
    • Consent Process begins

Holy Week – April 10 Palm Sunday – April 17 Easter Sunday

May 21           Lydia of Thyatira, Coworker of the Apostle Paul 

Ordination of the 12th Bishop of Springfield, The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, chief consecrator. Location: TBD


** NOTE – Dates are subject to change given the Covid19 pandemic and any unforeseen circumstances**