The 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
Formal Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine
"Dirigo: On Christ the Solid Rock" First Corinthians 10:4
On Saturday, October 26 at 9:00 am, the 200th Convention of the Diocese convened at USM to kickoff our bicentennical celebration, hold elections for open governance offices, debate resolutions and adopt a budget for 2020.
View the proceedings at USM here:
At 3:00 pm, the newly consecrated bishop, the Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown, was formally welcomed at the Cathedral of Saint Luke in Portland where convention had reassembled and was seated in the cathedra, or bishop’s chair, that is symbolic of the bishop’s office. Bishop Brown also delivered his convention address during the liturgy.
Watch some of the ceremony here:
Diocesan Council is a decision-making body of the Diocese of Maine comprised of two elected members from each of the eight diocesan Areas. Clergy members are elected to a two year term in odd years and lay members are elected for a two year term in even years. In 2019, we elected clergy members.
Diocesan Council serves as our “Convention between Conventions.” Council meets four times each year - at least one meeting is an overnight (Friday evening-Saturday afternoon) in May and December and a Saturday meeting in February and September. Read more about Diocesan Council here.
Area caucuses to hold elections were to have taken place at convention, but the convention determined to forgo these in an effort to keep to the schedule. Therefore, the elections took place electronically. You should have received this email which laid out the procedure and opened nominations and this follow-up email after nominations closed on November 6th with instructions for casting your ballot.
Voting closed at noon on Tuesday, November 12th and results are posted below.
Area 3 – The Rev. Ann McAlhany - elected
Area 4 – The Rev. Nancy Moore - elected
Area 5 – The Rev. John Balicki - elected
Area 6 – The Rev. Peter Jenks - elected
Area 7 – The Rev. Suzanne Roberts - elected
Area 8 – The Rev. Gail Chandler - elected