Q: So you have decided to retire.
Bp: Yes. I have written a letter to the Presiding Bishop, as the Canons require, submitting my resignation effective at the end of May, 2014. And I have also met with and informed the Standing Committee and the Executive Council about this decision.
Q: So what happens next?
Bp: The Presiding Bishop makes contact with the Standing Committee of the Diocese. They may be “heard” on the matter, as the Canons say. And assuming they are supportive, the Presiding Bishop then informs the Bishops of the Church. A majority of Bishops must consent to the resignation.
Q: Is it possible for the Standing Committee to object? Or the House of Bishops to say ‘No’.
BP: Possible for both, I suppose. But I have never known it to happen.
Q: In many cases, a Diocesan Bishop calls for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor when he or she is about to retire. Will you call for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor?
Bp: I will not. We have a very capable Bishop Suffragan. And our Canons in Dallas provide that the Bishop Suffragan may assume the duties of the Ecclesiastical Authority upon the request of the Standing Committee. It will be my recommendation that they avail themselves of the flexibility provided by our Canons in this way.
Q: Do you set the course for the future?
Bp: No. That is all up to the Standing Committee. For example, it is the Standing Committee that authorizes the Suffragan to assume the duties of the Ecclesiastical Authority. As I say, I will recommend they do so. And in due course, they will call for the election of the next Diocesan.
Q: Is there a reason not to elect a Bishop Coadjutor?
Bp: Yes. Two reasons, actually. Such an election is expensive, and the “interim” time will permit the Diocese to prepare for that. Secondly, the Diocesan leadership will need time to consult and pray together in order to discern what their needs are. It’s a lot like a Parish who has had a long-term rector. There is no need to rush.
Q: Where will you be living?
Bp: Last year, Diane and I bought a home in Richardson. So that’s where we live now and will be living after May next year. We want to be close to the grandchildren, of course!
Q: What will you do after retirement?
Bp: Well, I hope to continue in some form of ministry. That is my love and life. I will assist in the round of confirmations, if asked to do so. I would love to have time to visit and teach in the parishes as invited. And I have a raft of projects on the docket. So I will stay busy.
Q: Will the Cranmer Institute be a part of that?
Bp: Absolutely. I am pleased to be a part of establishing TCI and will have a definite a role there. Education has always been an emphasis in my ministry, and The Cranmer Institute’s primary objective is education for those preparing for ministry in the Church, those who are already ordained, and laity who wish to deepen their faith and witness. And of course, I will be teaching at the Stanton Center for Ministry at the Cathedral.