Diocesan Profile Now Available

The Diocesan Profile is now complete and available for viewing on the bishop search website. The Search Committee has also provided an updated set of guidelines for recommending nominations and applying directly to be a nominee for the position of the Bishop of Northern Indiana:

  • A required Nomination Form and a required Application Form are both provided at:  www.edninbishopsearch.org.
  • Nomination Forms will be accepted September 1 – 18, 2015.
  • Application Forms will be accepted September 1 – 24, 2015.
  • All recommended nominees and all applicants will be reviewed by the search committee.
  • All those recommended for nomination, upon giving their approval to be nominated, must:
    • Complete an Application Form and submit it as soon as possible, and no later than September 24, 2015.
    • Update your Transitional Ministry Portfolio filed with the Office of Transition Ministry, as a copy of your OTM Portfolio will be forwarded to the Search Committee on September 24, 2015.

Background checks (including credit history) will be conducted for all nominees.  Credit history reports will also be required of all spouses/partners of nominees.

Applicants chosen for further consideration will be required to attend a Discernment Retreat with the Search Committee October 19 – 22, 2015, in Chicago.

The Search Committee will submit no fewer than four (4) names as Candidates to the Standing Committee by mid-November, 2015.


YOU are invited and encouraged to attend one of these sessions! Your input is needed to help the Search Committee explore questions about where we are in our diocese’s spiritual journey and what is our vision for our future.

Listening Sessions for the Laity

Saturday, July 11

10:00 AM – CENTRAL time

St. Augustine’s, Gary
2425 W. 19th Ave., Gary, IN 46404
(219) 944-8383
Thursday, July 16

7:00 PM – EASTERN time

Session for laity conducted primarily in Spanish

St. Thomas’, Plymouth
412 N. Center St. , Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 936-2735
Saturday, July 25

10:00 AM –EASTERN time

Christ the King, Huntington

1224 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN 46750 – (260) 356-3570

Saturday, August 1

10:30 AM – EASTERN time

St. John the Evangelist, Elkhart
226 W. Lexington Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516     (574) 295-1725
Listening Session for the Clergy
Thursday, July 16

7:00 PM – EASTERN time

Session for clergy only

St. Thomas’, Plymouth
412 N. Center St. , Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 936-2735

If you are unable to participate in a Listening Session, you are invited to participate through a brief on-line survey. A link for the survey will be distributed in July.

The Search Committee will prayerfully review your input to develop a “profile” of the diocese. The profile will be finalized by August 24 and will be posted on this website: www.edninbishopsearch.org

Timeline for Bishop Search

The Standing Committee has just posted the timeline below for our Diocese’s search for its 8th bishop. They are in the process of creating a Search website, to which I will link as soon as I know it has gone live.

Bishop Search Timeline

(as of 5/13/2015)


  • May 14-20 Search website goes live
  • May 21 Standing Committee meets and appoints search committee (All appointees will be contacted personally and asked to serve)
  • June 12 – 13 Search Committee retreat at Lindenwood Center—mandatory (National Church consultant present as facilitator)
  • June/July/August Listening Sessions (at least 3, one in each Deanery. All members of the Diocese, Clergy and Lay, including Youth urged to attend). Link to online survey provided for those unable to attend listening sessions.
  • August 24 Diocesan Profile completed and posted, criteria for nominations set.
  • September 1 Nominations open governed by criteria set by Standing Committee
  • September 24 Nominations closed. Background checks and reference calls begun
  • November 10-11 Standing Committee receives slate
  • November 15 Slate announced to the Diocese


  • January 18-22 Walkabouts
  • February 6 Election Convention
  • June 25 Ordination of 8th Bishop of Northern Indiana (pending Presiding Bishop’s calendar) (Some convenient date after Bishop seated.