Election of Bishop Bishop Breidenthal

Convention delegates elect
the Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal
as IX Bishop

The 132nd Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio elected the Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal as its IX Bishop on Nov. 11, 2006 at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. The election occurred on the third ballot. To be elected, a candidate needed to receive a majority of votes in both the clergy and the lay orders on the same ballot.


Bishop-elect Thomas E. Breidenthal is currently the dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. Ordained to the priesthood in 1982, Bishop-elect Breidenthal brings a strong intellectual and academic background to the diocese. Prior to his position as dean, he served for nearly a decade as the John Henry Hobart Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at General Theological Seminary in New York City. He was a senior chaplain at Harvard School in California and an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow in Oxford, England. He also has served in two parishes, both in Oregon.


Bishop-elect Breidenthal brings a passion for civic involvement, strong lay leadership and ministry and Biblical preaching. A noted author, he has written about the issues of same-sex unions, what constitutes a Christian household and how to raise ethical children. His books includeSacred Unions: A New Guide to Life-Long Commitment, published in 2006, and Christian Households: The Sanctification of Nearness, published in 1997.


In the wider church, Bishop-elect Breidenthal is a member of ARCUSA (Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the USA), has served on the General Board of Examining Chaplains of the Episcopal Church from 1997-2001 and as dir

ector for the Center for Jewish-Christian Studies and Relations at General Theological Seminary from 1994-1997. He also was a member of the planning and facilitation team for the 1996 Conference on Third World Debt Relief sponsored by the Office of UN Anglican Observer.


He is married to Margaret Ann Garner Breidenthal, and they have two daughters, Magdalene, 20, and Lucy, 17.


Bishop-elect Breidenthal has accepted the election and looks forward to serving the diocese. Now the standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction of the other dioceses in the Episcopal Church must give consent to the election.

The bishop-elect is expected to move to Southern Ohio this winter. The consecration of the IX Bishop of Southern Ohio is scheduled for April 28, 2007, at the Mershon Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio. Presiding Bishop Katharine J

efferts Schori is expected to be the chief consecrator.


The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price Jr., bishop suffragan for the Diocese of Southern Ohio, will remain as the ecclesiastical authority until the consecration.


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Upcoming Events


Oct 6-8: Clergy Family Fall Gathering

Oct 13-14: ECW Annual Conference

Oct 21: SMCAP training at Christ Church, Springfield

For more information about any of these events,check the calendar on the diocesan webpage





Bishop Nominee Forums


Oct 24: St. Mark, Upper Arlington,
6:30 p.m.

Oct 25: St. Timothy, Anderson Township, 6:30 p.m.

Oct 26: St. Margaret, Trotwood, 6:30 p.m.

Oct 27: (For clergy), Procter Camp & Conference Center.

Oct 27: St. Paul’s, Chillicothe, 6:30 p.m.

Oct 28: St. John’s, Cambridge, 1:30 p.m.



Bishop nominees bulletin insert online
A bulletin insert with information about the nominees and the election of the 9th Bishop of Southern Ohio are now online and can be found under Bishop Search. Please use this insert in this week’s bulletin. A second insert will be posted for use next week.


Presbyters and Deacons
A reminder to all clergy planning to attend the Presbyters and Deacons program for this Saturday, Oct. 7: You must register so that the staff of the Procter Camp & Conference Center can prepare enough lunch for everyone. This year, the Presbyters and Deacons meeting is a part of the Clergy Family Gathering. You can register online under The Diocese, Clergy


ECW Annual Conference–registration deadline extended
The deadline to register for the Annual ECW Conference has been extended to Oct. 10.

The Rev. Nancy Roth, an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, author, dancer and musician is the keynoter and workshop leader at the Episcopal Church Women Conference on Oct. 13-14. Held at the Procter Camp & Conference Center, the retreat is a time for women from around the diocese to come together for spiritual nourishment and fellowship. Costs range from $40 for commuters to $80 for single-occupancy room. Register online at www.episcopal- dso.org, under the Calendar or contact the Rev. Dcn. Irene Radcliff at 614.267.2145 orimradcliff@yahoo. com. The first 50 registrants will recive a special gift–register today!



Questions for bishop nominees


As part of the discernment prior to the election of the IX Bishop of Southern Ohio, all of the nominees will travel to the diocese for a series of question and answer nominee forums. The Standing Committee, which oversees the election process, invites everyone in the diocese to submit questions that may be posed to the nominees during the forums.

Send questions to the co-chair of the Transition Committee: the Rev. Stephen Smith, 7121 Muirfield Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017 or to revd.up@ameritech.net.


Richelle Thompson

Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio




phone: 513.421.0311