We've elected a new bishop — now what?

December 04, 2019
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The joy and excitement of our Nov. 23 bishop election continue to linger throughout the diocese. The Rev. Deon Johnson will be ordained as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri on April 25, 2020. So what happens between now and then? The simple answer is: a whole lot! 

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect next:

  • Consent Process - now underway:
    The consent process is a period of 120 days to make the election official. We send the testimonial signatures of all our delegates to the Presiding Bishop's office. The bishop-elect will undergo psychiatric and medical examinations. A majority of Bishops with jurisdiction and a majority of the Standing Committees of the Diocese of the Episcopal Church must consent to the election. The General Convention Office will notify us when the consent process is complete.

  • Initial Planning Conference - Nov. 26:
    Bishop Smith, Bishop-elect Johnson, and members of the transition committee and the bishop’s staff had a virtual conference with Canon Mark Stevenson from the Presiding Bishop’s office on Nov. 26. Canon Stevenson outlined the many tasks that need to be completed for the ordination. 

  • Site Visit - January:
    Bishop-elect Johnson and Canon Stevenson will be in town in January for a site visit to see the ordination site (St. Stanislaus Polish Catholic Church in St. Louis) and to work on the liturgical details of the ordination. 

  • Invitations:
    Once the consent process is complete, we will be sending formal invitations to the April 25 ordination.

  • Celebrating Bishop Smith - March 28:
    We will be celebrating the ministry of the Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith at a gala event at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, March 28.

  • Ordination of the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri - April 25
    Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, bishops from around the country and other special guests will be in St. Louis for the ordination of Deon Johnson as our 11th bishop. The service will be held at St. Stanislaus Polish Catholic Church in St. Louis, with a reception following at the Polish Heritage Center, on the church grounds.


The Bishop’s Transition Committee, led by St. Timothy’s member Jane Klieve, and the Bishop’s staff will be working on the millions of details surrounding all these events. Stay tuned for more news to come!

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Need more information? Contact communications@diocesemo.org

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