Call for a Special Meeting of Convention to Elect the 12th Bishop of Louisiana
Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Watch live on the Christ Church Cathedral YouTube Channel
In-person attendance is limited to clergy, lay delegates, lay alternates, and invited guests. The Electing Convention will be livestreamed to the Christ Church Cathedral YouTube Channel beginning at 9 am with Holy Eucharist.
Candidates for the 12th Bishop of Louisiana
- The Rev. Frederick DuMontier Devall IV, Rector, St, Martin’s, Metairie
- The Rev. Canon Shannon Rogers Duckworth, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Louisiana
Website for more information: www.edola.org/bishopsearch
Brief Order of Business
8 am – Registration begins for clergy and lay delegates
9 am – Holy Eucharist begins
10:30 am – Call to Order
10:45 am – First Ballot
View the full Order of Business below.
Rules of Order
Click here to view the Rules of Order of the Electing Convention
Dispatch of Business Resolutions
Click here to view the Dispatch of Business Resolutions.
Call for the Special Meeting of Convention
Dear Clergy and Lay Delegates,
You are being called to gather on May 14 at Christ Church Cathedral for the purpose of electing the next bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana. This is the final step in the diocesan-wide discernment process that has occurred over the last year. Guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit, our work this day will be to choose a leader for this diocese to discern with us the shape of our life together in mission and ministry. We will set aside our usual business of budgets and polity, and instead, engage with each other in a day of prayer and listening to God’s call for us.
Until we meet in May, please read and study the diocesan profile. This document summarizes the hopes and prayers expressed by the members of our diocese. The slate of candidates was announced on April 1. View the slate here. To prepare for the Electing Convention, please make every effort to read their profile and participate in a Walkabout. Listen to what the nominees tell about themselves and their hopes for this diocese.
I look forward to seeing you on May 14 at Christ Church Cathedral.
May God continue to bless us and give us the strength to follow God’s will.
I am as always
Your servant in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
Bishop of Louisiana
Location of the Special Convention
Christ Church Cathedral
2919 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
Preparing for the Special Convention
The Diocesan Profile
The diocesan profile summarizes the hopes and prayers expressed by the members of our diocese. It can be found here.
The Search and Nominating Committee announced the slate of candidates on April 1, 2022. View the slate here.
Over the course of two evenings, the candidates for the 12th Bishop of Louisiana answered questions submitted by people throughout the diocese. Watch the Q&A sessions here.
These open and moderated meetings are an opportunity for clergy, lay delegates and alternates and all others interested, to meet and hear from the candidates for bishop. Persons eligible to vote in the Special Convention are encouraged to attend at least one of the following Walkabouts:
- Monday, April 25, 5:00 p.m.: Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
- Wednesday, April 27, 5:00 p.m.: St. Martin’s School, Metairie
Order of Business
The schedule is subject to change.
8 AM Registration opens
9 AM Holy Eucharist
10:30 AM Call to Order
10:45 AM First Ballot
11:15 AM Second Ballot*
11:45 AM Third Ballot*
12:15 PM Fourth Ballot*
12:25 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM 4th Ballot results and continued balloting as needed
* Balloting will continue until an election is reached. Candidates must receive a majority in both the Lay Order and the Clerical Order to be
elected, the nominee accepts the election, and all delegates sign the Testimonial for Election.
Establishing a Quorum
It is vital that we have a quorum of clergy and lay delegates present and in person at the Special Convention. From Canon 5.2: In order to constitute a quorum for the election of a Bishop, there shall be present and voting at least three-fifths of the clergy entitled to membership and vote in such Convention and one or more Lay Delegates from at least two-thirds of the Ecclesiastical Units of The Diocese. Article V of the Constitution of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana specifies the eligibility of clergy entitled to vote.
Lay Delegate and Alternate Certification
Pursuant to Canon 2.2, lay delegates and lay alternates that were elected or appointed for the 184th Annual Convention on November 6, 2021, will also serve for the Special Convention on May 14, 2022. A list of the delegates and alternates on file in the diocesan office has been mailed to each congregation on March 14. Please return any changes to the lay delegation on the attached blank lay delegation certificate by April 14, 2022. For a duplicate lay certification form, please email Joy Shackelford firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clergy Eligible to Vote in the Bishop Election
Article V of the Constitution of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana specifies the eligibility of clergy who are entitled to seat, voice, and vote in the Convention. Pursuant to Canon 5.2, in order to constitute a quorum for the Election of a Bishop, at least three-fifths of the clergy entitled to membership and vote will need to be present and voting at the Special Convention.
Electronic Voting & Use of Electronic Devices
Voting will take place through electronic ballot utilizing the Election Runner platform. Every delegate will need access to their own smartphone, tablet, or computer in order to take part in online voting.
Other than when accessing the election runner platform for electronic voting, we ask that all electronic devices be turned off and not used throughout the Special Convention.
The Special Convention will be livestreamed and will be available to view on the Christ Church Cathedral YouTube Channel.
Street parking is available around the Cathedral. A few accessible parking spaces will be available in the diocesan office parking lot located at 1623 Seventh St.
1623 Seventh Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: (504) 895-6634
Fax: (504) 208-3511
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