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Information about the election process.

Learn about the candidates.

Questions for the candidates? Fill out this form.

Stay tuned for information about in-person and online meet-and-greet opportunities

and directions about how to provide feedback to St. Brendan’s deputies.

Update - 05/19/2021

At services on May 16, one of the appointed readings (from the first chapter of Acts) described the process adopted by the apostles to select someone to succeed Judas following his betrayal. Their leader, Peter, described the job, asked for nominees and led the group in prayerful reflection. Of the two candidates that emerged, of whom Matthias was ultimately elected.

Today, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is preparing to elect a new bishop to succeed Bishop Dorsey McConnell—in much the same way.

A rich source of information about the election process can be found at This includes a timeline of key dates and links to the materials submitted by the three finalists.

In the Episcopal Church, bishops are elected at a diocesan convention. Votes are cast by members of the clergy and by laywomen and men elected by each parish to represent their members (“lay deputies”). The active participation of all members of the church, guided by prayer and by the Holy Spirit, is critical to the election of a bishop who will lead, protect and serve God’s people.

Participation involves any or all of four activities: reading with care the written materials that the candidates have already provided; attending sessions to meet the candidates, either in person or remotely; reflecting prayerfully on the choice that lies before the diocese; and communicating one’s views on all that one has learned to our elected representatives prior to the June 26th Electing Convention.

St. Brendan’s will be represented at the Convention by: Rev. Regis Smolko, Rev. Julie Smith, Megan Overby, Joyce Donadee and Cameron Grosh. In the coming days, we will post updates to this page with reminders about key dates and instructions about how exactly to submit your contributions to our electors.


 However, there are two steps you can take right now:

  1. Visit the Web page that offers links to the candidates’ materials: Each candidate has submitted a short letter of introduction, a resume (2 pages) and written essay answers to several key questions prepared by the Nominating Committee (9 pages).

  2. If you find you have questions that you feel should be asked by way of follow-up, click on this link and fill out the simple form that alerts the Transition Committee to your suggestion: