The Rector Search Committee enters the new year looking forward to an exciting and faithful 2017! The ongoing work of the committee has been detailed in previous updates. It is important to know that these activities are one part of a complete process. Of course, it is a big part – the committee has thirteen members, has had a dozen full committee meetings so far as well as dozens of efforts by sub-committees. But others have important roles in the complete process.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh has the responsibility to have background checks done on the final candidate. Those checks must meet our diocesan standards. The Bishop meets each of the final candidates while they are visiting Pittsburgh. The new Rector will become canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and must be acceptable to the Bishop.
While it is the responsibility of the Search Committee to identify a candidate to be the new Rector it is the job of the Vestry to review the candidate, and, if they are in agreement, make a formal election. The Bylaws of St. Paul’s and the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese have specific requirements as to how this must happen. The Vestry must give notice to the Bishop of the intention of the Vestry to conduct an election not less than 30 days in advance of that election. The nomination of the new Rector must be made “openly” at a properly convened meeting of the Vestry. The actual election cannot take place until at least one week later at another Vestry meeting. Public announcements and transitional matters are up to the Vestry.Thank you for your support and prayers throughout this process. Please include the Diocesan Staff, the Bishop and our Vestry in your prayers.