Thursday, June 11, 2009

Utah Priest Nominated for Bishop of Navajoland

From the Living Church

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has nominated the Rev. Canon David E. Bailey, canon to the ordinary and deployment officer for the Diocese of Utah, to be the next Bishop of Navajoland.

The Navajoland Area Mission was created from parts of the dioceses of Utah, Arizona and the Rio Grande by General Convention in 1979. The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop for the Anglican Church of Canada, has been serving as assisting Bishop of Navajoland since 2006.

Canon Bailey must receive a majority of votes from delegates to the annual convocation which meets June 12-14 at Church of the Good Shepherd in Fort Defiance, Ariz. Because the election falls within 120 days of General Convention, should Canon Bailey be elected, he will need to obtain consent to his consecration from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and deputations to General Convention.

In contrast to recent General Conventions, which featured a significant number of applications for consent to episcopal elections, this year only South Dakota and Navajoland are scheduled to be considered.

A tentative consecration date for the Navajoland consecration has not been announced.

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