The Standing Committee
The Rev. Maria Hoecker, President (2018)
St. Columba's, Boothbay Harbor
Mr. Bruce Dalbeck (2017)
Trinity Church, Portland
The Rev. Tim Higgins (2019)
St. Ann's, Windham
Mr. Charles Priest (2019)
St. Paul's, Brunswick
The Very Rev. Benjamin Shambaugh (2017)
Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland
What does the Standing Committee do?
The Standing Committee consists of three lay people and three clergy from across the diocese elected by Convention to interview our ordinands, consent to Episcopal elections in other dioceses, serve as a Council of Advice to the Bishop and perform many other duties. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month (2017 exceptions - March 8th instead of Ash Wednesday and no meeting in July) at the diocesan office in Portland.
Of the Standing Committee
Section 1. The Standing Committee shall at its first meeting choose a Chair and a Secretary, either Clerical or Lay. The Secretary shall record all proceedings in a book provided for the purpose, and this, with all papers relative to the business of the Diocese, shall be open to examination by the Bishop and by the Convention; and a report of the acts shall be made to the Annual Convention, except such acts as pertain to its function as a Council of Advice to the Bishop.
Section 2. A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
Section 3. The Standing Committee shall be a Council of Advice to the Bishop, and shall be summoned at any time that the Bishop may desire its advice.
Section 4. The Standing Committee shall be the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese when a vacancy occurs in the Episcopate, except in cases otherwise provided for by the Canons of the General Convention or of the Diocese.