Petition Candidate Process

Process for Nomination of a Candidate for Bishop of Colorado by Petition (Petition Process)


The purpose of a Petition Process is to allow the addition of a candidate after the Search Process is concluded and a slate of candidates is presented to the diocese. A Petition Candidate will undergo the same degree of background and reference screening as the announced slate of candidates. The Petition Process shall remain confidential until the Standing Committee certifies a petition candidate as part of the final slate of candidates. Any Episcopal priest in good standing may become a petition candidate provided he or she meets the criteria listed by the Standing Committee.


The Petition Process has three phases: 1) Identification of a candidate; 2) vetting of a candidate; and, 3) completion by a candidate of Standing Committee requirements. A total of ten items are due by the end of the third phase.

Phase One

PHASE ONE begins on July 23, 2018 at the same time as the announcement of the Slate of Candidates by the Standing Committee. Submissions due as part of Phase One include the following six items:

  1. a letter of petition naming the petitioning candidate and signed by (i) at least six clergy canonically resident in the Diocese of Colorado and (ii) at least six adult lay communicants of congregations in the Diocese of Colorado, and provided further (iii) that those twelve persons signing the petition shall be members of at least twelve different congregations in the Diocese of Colorado, and provided further (iv) that those twelve persons signing the petition shall include at least one clergy and one lay member from a minimum of three of the five Regions of the Diocese of Colorado. No person may sign more than one petition. The candidate may not be a signer of the petition.  
  2. a current resume, including current address and other contact information.
  3. a Consent Form completed by the candidate agreeing to be nominated and to undergo the same screening and background checks required of the announced slate. Download Consent Form here
  4. an updated OTM profile.
  5. a current photograph.
  6. at least three references, with at least one from a member of the clergy.

These phase one submission items must be sent via email to by 5:00 PM MDT on August 3, 2018. This timing is necessary as nominations from the floor of the electing convention will not be allowed due to the screening and background checks now required for all episcopal elections. Those investigations, plus reference checks can take from three to six weeks. The election consultants we are using to ensure accuracy require all names on the ballot be certified as candidates by September 15, 2018. This allows the consultants adequate time to prepare, double-check, and print the appropriate number of ballots.

Phase Two

In PHASE TWO, a candidate, after meeting the requirements of Phase One, will be contacted by our consultant from the Office of Pastoral Development, The Rev. Canon Richard Callaway, to arrange for a background check by Oxford Documents and for a psychiatric exam by a psychiatrist approved by The Episcopal Church. A candidate will also be contacted by our administrator, Michael Vente, and offered several choices of dates from which to choose for a meeting with the Chancellor of the diocese. Finally, during this phase, reference checks will begin. A candidate may be asked to facilitate rapid responses from references.

Phase Three

PHASE THREE will commence on August 13, 2018, when all the initial scheduling of Phase Two should be underway. In Phase Three, a candidate will be asked to complete the following four items:

7. a letter from the petitioning candidate of no more than 300 words describing why he or she believes he or she is called through the Petition Process to be Bishop.
8. responses to the essay questions asked of the announced slate.
9. a video of the candidate.
10. a letter from the candidate’s doctor attesting to the candidate’s good health.

Phase Three submissions shall start on August 13, 2018 and are due by 5:00 PM MDT on August 31, 2018.

Completed items (7. to 10.) shall be sent to

A petition candidate shall be added to the slate of candidates by the Standing Committee, provided that person passes the screening, reference, and background checks. The Standing Committee reserves the right to reject a petition candidate.

Petition Process Timeline

  • July 23: Announcement of slate and opening of Petition Process Phase One.
  • August 3: Phase One Petition items are due.
  • August 6: Phase Two begins; background & reference checks begin (requiring 3-6 weeks).
  • August 13: Phase Three begins.
  • August 31: Phase Three items are due.
  • September 1 - 15: Once background and reference checks are complete, the Standing Committee meets to review findings and determines if a petition candidate can be certified. If a petition candidate is certified, that candidate is added to the final slate of candidates and all are presented together to the diocese.