Sunday, April 11, 2010


From Ann Fontaine at The Lead:

The Very Rev. Mark Lattime Rector, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Diocese of Rochester, Geneseo, NY, was elected the next bishop of Alaska on the fourth ballot. Information on the election and the bishop elect is here.

Episcopal News Service has more information on the new bishop-elect.

The electing convention was held at the Meier Lake Conference Center in Wasilla, Alaska. Lattime will succeed the Rt. Rev. Rustin Kimsey, who has served as interim bishop for three years, since Bishop Mark MacDonald left in 2007 to become the first indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada.

According to his election profile, Lattime said serving as bishop of Alaska will require being "willing to engage the journey of faith as well as the journey of vast distances to be with Alaska's people of faith to support and nurture their evangelistic witness...."

The consecration and ordination is scheduled for Sept. 4 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Anchorage. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will be the chief consecrator.

Bishop-elect Lattime will be the 8th bishop of the Diocese of Alaska. He is a certified pilot, a skill which will serve him in good stead if he receives consents to become the next bishop.

Thanks to Ann.