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Bishop Transition Committee Applications Now Being Accepted


The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago is now accepting applications for lay leaders and clergy to serve on the Bishop Transition Committee. Applications are due by October 25, 2019, and the Standing Committee expects to announce the members of the committee on November 13. Apply online.


The Transition Committee will create an environment for the bishop transition that is grounded in prayer and discernment. Their primary roles include:

  • Helping to plan and execute several major events, including Candidate Walkabouts, the Electing Convention, and the Ordination and Consecration of the 13th Bishop of Chicago;

  • Attending to and caring for the needs of the candidates, the bishop-elect, Bishop Lee, and their families throughout the transition;

  • Helping the diocese thank Bishop Lee and welcome the bishop-elect; and

  • Providing education and information to the diocese throughout the transition (i.e., “What does a bishop look like?” bulletin insert).

Transition Committee members will carry out this work prayerfully and collaboratively, under the guidance of the Rev. Kimberly Jackson, search and transition consultant to the diocese. The Transition Committee will reflect the diversity of our diocese and will recognize the strength that diversity brings. The committee’s work will begin with a mandatory retreat with the Standing Committee on Friday, December 6, 2019 and conclude with the Ordination and Consecration of the 13th Bishop of Chicago in January, 2021.


  • A lay member who is in good standing in a congregation in the Diocese of Chicago, or

  • A priest or deacon who is canonically-resident in the diocese and agrees not to be a candidate

  • Must be able to attend a mandatory retreat in Chicago on December 6, 2019

  • Has knowledge of the diocese and diocesan experience (committee, commission, convention, workshop, etc.)


  • Is organized, detail-oriented, and reliable

  • Can work collaboratively, adhering to budgets and deadlines

  • Can use technology with ease, including email, conference calls, and video-conference

  • Has an active prayer life and will make room for the Holy Spirit

  • Has enthusiasm and creativity

  • Can balance individual interests with the interests of the whole

  • Can have difficult conversations with kindness and compassion


The ideal Transition Committee will have some members with the following experience:

  • Project management (paid or unpaid)

  • Event planning (paid or unpaid)

  • Communication (copy writing, print, digital, graphic design, web)

  • Pastoral care (clergy or lay)

Transition Committee Application

The Standing Committee asks that you prayerfully consider whether you meet the qualifications above and are called to serve as a member of the Transition Committee. The Transition Committee will do much of its work remotely, so experience with technology is a must.

Transition Committee Applications may be completed online and must be submitted no later than Friday, October 25, 2019. The Standing Committee expects to announce the Transition Committee on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Apply online.

Please contact any member of the Standing Committee with questions.

TransitionLisa Kerpan