The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts early this morning announced five nominees for bishop, chosen by a lay committee over the course of the last few months.
Clergy and lay representatives will choose a successor to Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, who has led the local church for nearly two decades, on April 5 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. With the consent of a majority of the bishops and dioceses of the Episcopal Church of America, the new bishop will be consecrated Sept. 13.
The five nominees include the Rev. Holly Antolini, the rector of St. James’s Church in Cambridge; the Rev. Ronald Culmer, the rector of St. Clare’s Church in Pleasanton, Calif.; the Rev. Alan Gates, the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; the Rev. Ledlie Laughlin, rector of St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia; and the Rev. Sam Rodman, project manager for campaign initiatives for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
Other names may be added to the list during a petition period, which ends Jan. 31.
The public will have an opportunity to get to know the nominees during a “walkabout” period in mid-March, when meet-and-greet sessions will be held at a variety of parishes.