- The Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Rector, St. Thomas Church, Medina, Wash.
- The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean, Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio
- The Rev. Margaret R. Rose, Director of Women’s Ministries, The Episcopal Church
- The Rev. Timothy B. Safford, Rector, Christ Church, Philadelphia .
St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church, Lynn, Mass.
Five nominees for the 12th Bishop of Chicago were received from the Bishop Search Committee and announced Aug. 28, 2007 by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s governing body, the Standing Committee, subject to completion of background checks.
Almighty God, prosper with your blessing the mission and ministry of our diocese. You have blessed us with the ministry of the Rt. Rev. William Persell. We thank you for his ministry to us as chief pastor and leader in the Church. Stir up in us the grace and power of your Spirit, as we begin the search for our next Bishop. Give to our search committee inquiring and discerning hearts, that they may clearly see your will. Give us all the courage to dream and the will to persevere to make those dreams a reality. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and ground us in the knowledge and love of you. Empower us with the gifts of joy and wonder as we seek out the special ministry you have for us together in our diocese; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.