With the untimely passing of our beloved Archbishop in late December, the Search Committee's work was given sudden urgency. Through email and bi-weekly conference calls, the committee has:
a) outlined an open process that would allow a nomination of a candidate (s) in a timely fashion, for election by the Holy Synod;
b) developed a list of requirements based on the OCA Statutes, as well as a list of desired qualities (given the culture, demographics, pastoral realities and vision of the Diocese of the Midwest), all candidates nominated should possess; and
c) will recommend to the Diocesan Council that the election take place at the previously scheduled Diocesan Assembly to be held in Minneapolis in October of this year.
All decisions of the Committee are subject to approval by the Diocesan Council, as well as the blessing of our locum tenens, Metropolitan Jonah.
In order to preserve the integrity and dignity of the process, the privacy of any potential candidates, and the work of the Diocese itself, the Search Committee has agreed to be bound by a confidentiality agreement in all its work. Regular press releases are anticipated, however, so that the Diocese may be kept informed of progress, and to ensure transparency for the process itself.