The Rev. Thomas Brown Elected 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
The Rev. Thomas James Brown was elected to become the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Maine at a Special Electing Convention in Bangor on February 9, 2019. One of five nominees, Rev. Brown, is currently serving as Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA. He was elected on the 3rd ballot, receiving a majority of clergy and lay delegate votes representing 60 year-round congregations and 20 summer chapels. The other nominees were Rev. Kenneth Brannon, Rev. Rachel K. Taber-Hamilton, Rev. Anne Mallonee and Rev. Janet Waggoner.
In making the announcement, The Rev. Maria Hoecker, Rector of St. Columba’s in Boothbay Harbor and President of the Diocesan Standing Committee said “We have been blessed by the Holy Spirit today with the election of Thomas Brown and the gifts he will bring as our next Bishop. We thank the Committees and all involved across the state for their prayerful, dedicated and faithful work, as well as the other nominees who were called to pursue this quest with us.”
In addressing the Electing Convention following announcement of the results, Bishop-elect Brown commented, “during the walkabouts it was so clear to me that the church in Maine is living the good news of Jesus Christ. I am humbled and overjoyed to accept the invitation to join the people of Maine as their bishop.”
The Bishop elect told the delegates, “I give God thanks and praise for this call, and the opportunity to continue building the church in Maine on Christ the solid rock. Bishop Lane and his family, along with the diocesan staff, and every congregation are in my prayers as they continue in the holy work of transition. To God be the glory.”
Bishop-elect Brown received his Master of Divinity from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In addition to his service at The Parish of the Epiphany, he has served as Rector of St. Michael Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, VT and as the Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. Bishop-elect Brown has held many leadership positions in The Episcopal Church and in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Pending consent of a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction and the diocesan standing committees, Bishop-elect Brown will be ordained and consecrated on June 22nd at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland. Presiding Bishop, Michael B. Curry will officiate. Bishop-elect Brown will succeed the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane who has served the Diocese since 2008 and will retire in June. The bishop-elect and his spouse, Rev. Thomas Mousin, will be moving to Maine later this Spring.
Diocese of Maine notified of successful canonical consent process
On April 11, 2019, Presiding Bishop Michael J. Curry announced that a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction and a majority of diocesan standing committees of The Episcopal Church have consented to the election of the Rev. Thomas J. Brown as the Tenth Bishop of Maine.
Thomas isn’t a bishop yet; that will happen when he is ordained and consecrated as the Tenth Bishop of Maine on June 22, 2019, at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland. During Holy Week and a good part of Eastertide, we’ll all enter into a time where gracious space is made for Thomas and Tom to get settled into their home and rest up a bit from the excitement of the transition.
Starting on May 6, Thomas will be closely working with Bishop Steve at Loring House and around the diocese. Together, they will be determining their schedules throughout May and June. Nobody knows right away how to be a bishop. That happens in the fullness of time. It will be Steve and Thomas’ work to collaborate together as Thomas leans into “learning the ropes”.
Seats at the cathedral are limited, and each parish will be given a limited number of tickets. We also expect a number of bishops from across the Church to join in our celebration. The entire Consecration will be live-streamed and we invite you to begin planning now for a “Watch Party” at your parish so everyone can enjoy this very happy day.
Again, on behalf of the Standing Committee, we want to extend our deepest thanks to all who have brought us to this day with your faithful participation and prayers during our quest to call the Tenth Bishop of Maine. We believe the Holy Spirit continues to walk with us as we move more deeply into this season of transition.
Bishop-Elect Thomas Brown signs Letter of Agreement
On Wednesday, May 1, with the flourishes of a couple of pens, gift-giving, and joyous smiles all around, we officially welcomed Bishop-Elect Thomas James Brown and his husband, Rev. Thomas Mousin to the Episcopal Diocese of Maine!
Over the next several weeks, Bishop-Elect Thomas will be “learning the ropes” with Bishop Steve as we all prepare for Thomas’ ordination and consecration as the Tenth Bishop of Maine on June 22 at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry officiating. Come Holy Spirit!