The Bishop of Albany, the Rt. Rev. Daniel W. Herzog, issued a pastoral letter which he asked the clergy of the diocese to read at Sunday services Oct. 9, 2005. In the letter he addressed two matters: the election of a bishop coadjutor and a diocesan fund drive.
At the annual convention of the diocese in June, Bishop Herzog informed the diocese that he was considering calling for the election of a bishop coadjutor. In his comments to the convention he noted that an election in the spring of 2006 would mean that the confirmation of the bishop-elect would take place at the next General Convention. While he did not issue a formal call for an election at that time, he did ask the diocesan convention to adopt some changes in its rules to streamline the election process. As a result of those changes, the diocese will not be required to undergo the extensive self-study most dioceses engage in when electing a bishop.
The pastoral letter announced that the process of obtaining the consents of the diocesan bishops and standing committees of the Episcopal Church was already moving forward. When those consents are secured, he plans to set the date of the election on March 25, 2006, within 90 days of the beginning of General Convention.
Bishop Herzog, 64, has been Bishop of Albany since 1998.
Please stand with us in prayer for the Diocese of Albany:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pray also for those whose task it is to undertake the election logistics, including those on the Standing Committee:
Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.