A special Message from Bishop Lane and Standing Committee President Maria Hoecker:
April 11, 2019
Today, Presiding Bishop Michael J. Curry announced that a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction and a majority of diocesan standing committees of The Episcopal Church have consented to the election of the Rev. Thomas J. Brown as the Tenth Bishop of Maine.
In The Episcopal Church, a bishop is elected for the whole Church and now the whole church has spoken and affirmed our election. We rejoice in the completion of this important phase of our election process. We are grateful for all who faithfully participated in our quest for the Tenth Bishop.
Many wheels are turning as Thomas, and his husband, Tom, make their way to Maine this week and settle into their home in Portland. In March, their friends and their two parish churches in Massachusetts gave both of them heartfelt and loving farewell celebrations. Meanwhile, the Standing Committee and the Trustees of the Diocese of Maine, along with Thomas, agreed to the terms of an Episcopal Letter of Agreement. We will complete the signing process in the coming days.
Thomas isn’t a bishop yet; that will happen when he is ordained and consecrated as the Tenth Bishop of Maine on June 22, 2019, at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland. During Holy Week and a good part of Eastertide, we’ll all enter into a time where gracious space is made for Thomas and Tom to get settled into their home and rest up a bit from the excitement of the transition.
Starting on May 6, Thomas will be closely working with Bishop Steve at Loring House and around the diocese. Together, they will be determining their schedules throughout May and June. Nobody knows right away how to be a bishop. That happens in the fullness of time. It will be Steve and Thomas’ work to collaborate together as Thomas leans into “learning the ropes”.
Keep watch on the bishopquest.org website for the latest information on the Farewell events for the Lanes in May and the details of Thomas+ Ordination on June 22. Seats at the cathedral are limited, and each parish will be given a limited number of tickets. We also expect a number of bishops from across the Church to join in our celebration. The entire Consecration will be live-streamed and we invite you to begin planning now for a “Watch Party” at your parish so everyone can enjoy this very happy day.
Again, on behalf of the Standing Committee, we want to extend our deepest thanks to all who have brought us to this day with your faithful participation and prayers during our quest to call the Tenth Bishop of Maine. We believe the Holy Spirit continues to walk with us as we move more deeply into this season of transition.
Let us pray: We give you thanks, O God, that you have called us to a goodly fellowship of faith in the Diocese of Maine. In the power of the Spirit, you have guided us in the election of the Tenth Bishop. We ask your blessings on all our people, especially on Bishop Lane, Bishop Elect Brown and their households that each may move safely into their new callings and that, together, we may work to strengthen and share your Mission among us. We pray this in Christ’s name. Amen.
Episcopal Diocese of Maine Press Release April 12, 2019
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine has received notification from Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, that Bishop-Elect Thomas James Brown has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process detailed in Canon III.11.3.
As outlined in the Canons, the Presiding Bishop confirmed the receipt of consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction, and has also reviewed the evidence of consents received from a majority of standing committees of the Church, required for the Bishop-Elect’s ordination and consecration as bishop.
The Rev. Thomas James Brown was elected to become the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Maine at a Special Electing Convention held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor February 9, 2019.
For the past ten years, Bishop-Elect Brown served as the rector at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts. He currently serves as trustee and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Church Pension Group in New York City. A native of Michigan, Brown received his Master of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, and was ordained in 1998.
Presiding Bishop Curry will officiate at the June 22nd ordination and consecration service to be held at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland.