We write on behalf of the Vestry with news of the successful completion of our Rector Search. After a great deal of faithful work, the Search Committee recommended that the Vestry call the Rev. Eric Biddy to be our next Rector, and the Vestry voted - unanimously - to adopt its recommendation. This is excellent, if not unexpected, news.
We expect Bishop Lee to give us his approval in the next few days, and we still need to tie up a few administrative loose ends. The loose ends include the details of when Eric will leave his current role of Associate Rector for a few weeks of contemplation, and when he will return to assume his new role; at the moment, we expect him to depart in the second half of December and be back for our Annual Meeting at the end of January, 2016. We will arrange an installation ceremony as soon after his arrival as rector as possible, depending on the Bishop's availability.
We cannot overstate how grateful we are for the hard work that the Search Committee has performed so thoroughly, efficiently and promptly. We will announce how we are going to celebrate its extraordinary contribution to the parish in due course.
We also want to thank you for your patience, your prayers, and for taking part in our discernment so whole - and open - heartedly. Thanks to your generosity with your time and support, our discernment has been conducted in complete harmony, resulting in clarity of purpose that will help guide us in the future, and in emphatic support for our call to Eric. We believe that we can all be pleased with the process, and delighted with the results. May God continue to bless our ministry together in the years to come.