The Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, was elected the next bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande at the Electing Convention Saturday, May 5 at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The slate of three candidates were Canon Hunn, the Rev. Canon Lucinda Ashby, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Idaho, and the Rev. Simon Charles Justice, Rector of Church of the Good Samaritan, Corvallis, Oregon.
Canon Hunn was elected on the third ballot. Diocesan Constitution and Canons require a majority, determined by the total number of those eligible to vote, in Lay and Clergy orders on the same ballot. You can see the totals, by ballot, on the Diocesan website.
After the bishop-elect receives the canonically required consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church's diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will ordain and consecrate the new bishop Nov. 3 in Albuquerque. Info about this, and other Transition events is available on the Transition Team website.
In accepting the election, Canon Hunn expressed his thanks to Bishop Michael L. Vono, the current bishop for his leadership of the Diocese. "I feel a great sense of humility to be following you as God's servant in the Diocese of the Rio Grande. I know you love your people and I want you to know I will love them faithfully and care for them with every capacity God gives me. I am also grateful to begin this ministry at this moment - when you have done so much to heal, reconcile and build trust over the course of your episcopate."
You can read more from Canon Hunn in the special edition of In the Loop.
|Canon Michael & Meg Hunn at Santa Fe Walk About (photo by Jim Overton)|