Petition Application Process
for Election of the 11th Bishop of Central Pennsylvania
Application opens December 11th and closes December 18th, 2014

Preliminary Information
The Petition Application Process has replaced the practice of nominations from the floor of the electing convention in order to ensure that due time is allowed for all nominees to receive the screening and background checks now required for all nominees before they stand for election.

The process adopted by the 2014 Bishop Search Committee will be used for the Petition Application Process.

Please note that only the nominees on the original slate submitted by the 2014 Bishop Search Committee will have the endorsement of the Standing Committee. Any others will be identified as ”Petition Nominees” in all publications presenting nominees to the diocese.

Application Requirements
Petition Applicants must submit all required information online to the President of the Standing Committee, using the forms on this site: Nomination Petitions and Petition Application. Petition applicants must provide nomination petitions in support of their nomination from at least 28 different members of the Diocese, to include two Episcopal clergy and two Episcopal laypersons from different parishes in each of the seven convocations. Each petitioner must download, fill out, and sign a form that can then be scanned and sent electronically as a PDF file to by December 18th, 2014.

Three references and contact information for the petitioner’s Bishop are required on the application form.

Applications will be received from December 11th through the 18th. Only complete petition applications will be considered, including the required number of signed nomination petitions. A complete OTM must be submitted with the application.

Process Prior to Nomination
Following the close of the petition application process on December 18th, the Standing Committee will submit the nominee’s name for formal screening and background checks, and review all application material, and then will decide whether or not to place an applicant in nomination. In the event that concerns arise, the petition applicant will be informed of the concern and he/she may request to be removed from consideration. If the applicant wishes to be considered further, the concern will be discussed with the Rt. Rev’d F. Clayton Matthews (Office of Pastoral Development) and the full Standing Committee. The decision of the Standing Committee will be final regarding nomination of petition applicants.

The names of anyone considered in the Petition Application Process will remain confidential unless and until the individual is formally placed in nomination by the Standing Committee. Petition nominees will be introduced to the diocese in the same manner as the other nominees, using the diocesan website. Delegates and the greater diocese will have access to the same information about petition nominees as they have about the original slate of nominees. All nominees will participate in the Presentation of Nominees to the Diocese during the week of March 2, 2015 (Walk-about).