Congregations/Clergy » The Bishop Search

The Rt. Rev. Michael L. Vono, D.D., has announced his intention to retire in the late fall of 2018, and has initiated the process for the eventual election of his successor, who will be the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande.

The Standing Committee will be appointing a Search Committee and Transitions Committee to oversee the process leading up to the election in late Spring of 2018.

Updates on the process will be posted in the News and Events listing, and linked to the Search logo on the diocesan website home page.

Click here for the Bishop’s letter to the Diocese.

The Bishop Search Committee Needs You and Your Opinions

Part of calling the right bishop for the Diocese of the Rio Grande is to be able to tell candidates who we are and what we expect from a bishop. We need to know what you think the DRG is doing well, what we could do better, and what direction you think a new bishop take the diocese.

We are eager to hear from all interested parishioners your ideas in this regard. Our goal is to get input from everyone, either face to face or electronically. We held a series of Town Hall Focus Groups sessions so that you could give us the guidance we need.

Bishop Search Survey

This survey is designed for you to tell us where you believe that God is calling our Diocese. The questions and responses were developed in town hall focus groups of both clergy and laity in each deanery. We hope to get the best picture of where the Diocese should be going and a profile of the right person to lead us over the next decade or so. We will use your responses to build a profile that will, hopefully, give prospective candidates a clear picture of our diocese.

We need all the responses in by June 15, 2017 so that we can complete our profile.

Finding the right bishop is critical for the future of the Diocese of the Rio Grande and each of our parishes. Please tell us what you believe we should focus on in this search!

Click here to take the survey online

Click here to download a paper survery that you can mail to the search committee.

Bishop Search Committee Report – April 28

On April 28, the Bishop Search Committee met for the fourth time.

In its first meetings, the committee set up its group norms, stressing commitment to the process and the importance of being transparent while maintaining necessary confidentiality. Other group norms are: all members are encouraged to speak, are all listened to, none will be interrupted, and all comments are valued. Decisions will be made by consensus.

With the advice of church consultants, the committee has established six subcommittees: Education, Communications, Survey, Profile, Visitation and Interview, and Discerning. The purposes of the subcommittees include:

Education: Educating the Search Committee and the diocese as to the historic nature of the episcopate and the role of the bishop in the Episcopal Church today.

Communications: Providing periodic status reports to the diocese, and supporting the communications responsibilities of other subcommittees, if requested.

Survey: Developing a process to gather input from laity and clergy throughout the diocese.

Profile: Researching and preparing a diocesan profile to give potential nominees an accurate view of the Diocese of the Rio Grande.

Visitation/Interview: Developing procedures for interviews of the nominees.

Screening: Developing methods for eliciting information from or about potential nominees at each phase of the screening process.

On April 28, all subcommittees reported progress in their assigned areas; the committee heard results and observations concerning the first Town Hall meeting, that of the Southeast Deanery.

The Very Rev. Robert Mundy joined the committee as its chaplain.

Standing Committee

Members of the Standing Committee are always available for e-mails, phone calls, and visits about this process. Get in touch with us at:

Rev. Paul Moore (Pres.) 254-368-6475
Dr. Kathleen Pittman 575-491-4218
The Rev. Rod Hurst 575-885-6200
Paula Mote 505-328-5181
The Rev. Dan Tuton 505-830-0572
Christine Johnson 505-473-0884

Search Committee

Lay Co-chair Roy Benavides
Chaplain to the Process The Very Rev. Robert Mundy
Northeast Deanery Heather Leibman, Rev. Catherine Volland, Rev. Jim Gordon
Northwest Deanery Jack Sloan, Beth Noland (also Clergy Co-chair), Victor Rizzo
Southeast Deanery Jerry O'Dette, Rev. Beverly Moore-Tasy, Rev. Suzanne Brockmeier
Southwest Deanery Paul Thomason, Rev. James Brzezinski, Patrick Lamb

Prayer for Seeking a New Bishop for The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande

Holy and Almighty God our Father, You have blessed us in the Diocese of the Rio Grande in manifold ways over the past years. You have strengthened us, united us, loved us, guided us.
We thank you, Lord.
Touch the hearts of able clergy men and women throughout the Episcopal Church so that they might hear your call upon their lives to do your work among us and with us and through us.
We entreat you, Lord.
Be with our Diocesan Bishop Search Committee that they will discern your will in choosing good candidates who will be elected by the diocese to be our future Bishop.
We entreat you, Lord.
Be with our Diocesan Transition Committee as they guide us in blending our lives and our ministries with that of our new Bishop in order that we move forward in our life together.
We entreat you, Lord.
Be with us all. Give us patience and trust as we seek a new shepherd for our diocese. Be with us, Lord, for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Santo y todopoderoso Dios, Padre nuestro, en la Diócesis del Rio Grande nos has bendecido de múltiples maneras en estos últimos años. Nos has fortalecido, unido, amado y guiado.
Te damos gracias, Señor.
Toca los corazones de clérigos capaces en toda la Iglesia Episcopal para que puedan escuchar tu llamado a dedicar sus vidas a la obra que haces entre nosotros, con nosotros y a través nuestro.
Te suplicamos, Señor.
Obra en nuestro Comité Diocesano de Nominaciones para que pueda discernir tu voluntad en la selección de buenos candidatos, de entre quienes la diócesis elegirá nuestro futuro obispo.
Te suplicamos, Señor.
Obra en nuestro Comité Diocesano de Transición mientras nos guía hacia la armonización de nuestras vidas y nuestros ministerios con los del nuevo obispo para que unidos podamos continuar hacia adelante en nuestras vidas.
Te suplicamos, Señor.
Mora con nosotros. Danos paciencia y fe en la búsqueda de un nuevo pastor para nuestra diócesis. Mora con nosotros, Señor, por tu hijo, Jesucristo. Amén.