On January 28, 2014, in a letter to the diocese, the Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge announced his intention to step down from his responsibilities as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas sometime during 2017. His plans call for an orderly leadership transition over the next three years. As he begins his 11th year as a bishop this year, Lillibridge intends to remain very active, busy, and dedicated to the people and ministries of the diocese throughout this transition. Find the full story on the diocesan website at Lillibridge Announces Transition Leadership Plan.
In the Bishop’s Address to Council coming up on Friday, February 21, Bishop Lillibridge will outline a plan for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor tentatively scheduled for October 25, 2014. A “Bishop Coadjutor” has the automatic right of succession upon the resignation/retirement of the Diocesan Bishop, and this person will succeed him sometime in 2017.
Lay delegates to the electing council are the same delegates who were elected by their congregations and are serving at the 110th Annual Diocesan Council this February. Delegates mark your calendars!