Category Archives: The Search for the 11th Bishop

Tentative Bishops’ Events Schedule

Times and details are still being finalized. This page is updated as changes occur.

Bishop Cate’s Farewell Liturgy

Saturday, April 22


St Christopher’s



10:30 a.m.




11 a.m.


Bishop Cate’s Farewell Celebration

Saturday, April 22

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Indiana State Museum

Presiding Bishop Clergy Meeting

Friday, April 28

10 to 11:30 a.m.

St Richard’s Episcopal School


Friday, April 28

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St Richard’s Episcopal School

Media Event for PB and Bishop Elect.

Friday, April 28

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

St Richard’s Episcopal School


Friday, April 28


Clowes Memorial Hall

Consecration Choir Rehearsal 

Friday, April 28

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall

Women of Color Clergy Reception

Friday, April 28

5 to 7 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

Reception hosted by The Union of Black Episcopalians

Friday, April 28

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

Bishop’s Dinner

Friday, April 28

7:30 to 9 p.m.

Columbia Club

Bishop’s Breakfast

Saturday, April 29

TBD–7:30 a.m.???

Clowes Memorial Hall

Consecration Choir Rehearsal 

Saturday, April 29

8:30 a.m.-10-15 a.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall


Saturday, April 29

11 a.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall

Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation

Sunday, April 30

10:30 a.m.

St. David’s Bean Blossom


Sunday, April 30

11 a.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows Elected 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on the second ballot on Friday, October 28, at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis. The election culminated a nearly two-year discernment and search process by the diocese at the 179th Diocesan Convention. The Right Reverend Catherine M. Waynick plans to retire in the Spring of 2017.

The Rev. Baskerville-Burrows currently serves as Director of Networking for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, nourishing partnerships and connections for church revitalization.

“In 19 years of ordained ministry, and especially in the past five helping to oversee and restructure the Diocese of Chicago, I’ve supported communities of transformation, communicated a vision of hope and gathered and networked God’s people across distance and difference,” the Rev. Baskerville-Burrows said. “I believe these experiences have prepared me to lead and serve in the particular place that is the Diocese of Indianapolis.”

She is from New York, ordained by the Diocese of Central New York, and a graduate of Smith College, Cornell University, and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She has expertise in historic preservation and a passion for issues including gun violence, social justice, and racial and class reconciliation. She also maintains a strong focus in guiding others through the practice of spiritual direction.

One of the defining experiences of her ministry came when she found herself near the World Trade Center the morning of September 11, 2001. In the midst of a fearful situation, her own faith and the faith of others who sought shelter alongside her gave her a renewed perspective of faith vanquishing fear.

“The Episcopal Church is where I found my relationship with Jesus some 30 years ago, “she said. “It teaches me that the world is filled with incredible beauty and unspeakable pain and that God is deeply in the midst of it all loving us fiercely. So each day, nourished by the sacraments and stories of our faith, the beauty of our liturgical tradition, the wide embrace of this Christian community, I learn over and over again how to live without fear.”

The Rev. Baskerville-Burrows will be ordained and consecrated as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11 a.m., at Clowes Hall at Butler University.

Bishop Candidate Walk-Abouts: The First Three Questions

Candidates for the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis traveled throughout the diocese over the past few days, answering questions offered by the Transition Committee and persons from throughout the diocese. The first three questions for each candidate were the same. The answers to those questions— from the first session at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis—are offered here.


Transition Committee Offers Bulletin Insert on Upcoming Bishop Candidate Walk-Abouts


You can download the insert here. What follows is the information on Walk-Abouts contained in the bulletin insert, including dates ad locations. You can also watch a video about the process on Facebook.  


Your Opportunity to Meet the Nominees for the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis

The nominees for the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis will be presented to the people of the Diocese of Indianapolis at four gatherings which are part of the “Walkabout.”


Friday, October 14

St. Paul’s
6050 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(Check-in begins at 6:30 pm, and candidates and candidates begin the conversation at 7:00 pm. A brief reception follows.)

Saturday Morning, October 15

St. Andrew’s
520 E. Seminary
Greencastle, IN 46135
(Check-in begins at 9:30 am, begin the conversation at 10:00 am. A brief reception follows.)

Saturday Afternoon, October 15

St. Paul’s
301 S. E. First Street
Evansville, IN 47713
(Check-in begins at 3:30 pm, and candidates begin the conversation at 4:00 pm. A brief reception follows.)

Sunday, October 16

St. Paul’s
2651 California Street
Columbus, IN 47201
(Check-in begins at 2:30 pm, and candidates begin the conversation at 3:00 pm. A brief reception follows.)

What is the Purpose of the Walk-About?

The Walk-About provides a way to introduce the nominees to the people of the diocese. This is an opportunity for the nominees to see a sample of the churches and ministries that are representative of the life of this diocese. It is also an opportunity for the people of the diocese to meet and hear the nominees. The Walk-About is a part of the discernment process in which people of the diocese are asked to listen and prayerfully consider who it is that God is calling to be the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis. This is not intended to be a time to discuss issues, but rather a part of the discernment process for both those attending, and the nominees.

Who should attend the Walk-About?

All those who will be voting in the election on October 28th (deputies and clergy) should attend one of the Walk-About sessions. Other parishioners and non-voting clergy are most certainly invited and encouraged to attend. Whether or not you are a voting deputy, this is your opportunity to meet and hear the nominees before the election. Walk-About sessions will begin promptly at the scheduled time, so please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before the beginning of the session. Please have your parish office let the host church know how many they will be coming from your church.

What Should I Expect at the Walk-About?

The Walk-About session will begin with a brief gathering of all in attendance, and will include opening prayers, introductions, and instructions. Attendees will then be asked to proceed to their assigned breakout room, where they will remain for all sessions. Your nametag will include your breakout room assignment. The nominees will rotate through the rooms so that everyone has an opportunity to meet and hear each of them in a smaller setting.

The Breakout Sessions

Each breakout room will have a moderator. A session will begin with the nominee answering three general questions. These three questions will remain the same for each session. Nominees will then answer one question that they have chosen in advance. After these questions have been answered, the moderator will ask additional questions that have been randomly chosen from the questions submitted to the Walk-About subcommittee. Each session will be 25 minutes long, with a 5-minute break after each session.

How to Submit Questions for the Candidates

Email your questions for the candidates to The Transition Team will compile all the questions received and come up with the three questions to be asked at the Walk-Abouts. If you attend a Walk-About, you will be able to fill out a card with your question. Questions will then be randomly drawn during each session.

How do I Prepare for the Walk-About?

  • Read the nominees’ profiles and answers to written questions on the bishop search page of the diocesan website Their answers should give you some insight concerning how each nominee might lead the diocese.
  • Read the diocesan profile.
  • Pray for guidance.
  • Come to the Walk-Abouts with an open heart, and open mind. Allow your heart and mind to be open to guidance of the Holy Spirit.

This bulletin insert has been prepared by the Subcommittee on Communications of the Transition Committee. For more information about the process of electing a new bishop please visit our website at

Slate of Candidates for the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Released

The slate of candidates with their profiles has been released on the Bishop Search website.  Click here for the article and full details.

Dear Diocese of Indianapolis Colleagues,
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Greetings.

On behalf of the whole Search Committee for the Eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, the Episcopal Church in Central and Southern Indiana, and with the enthusiastic consent of the Standing Committee, I am pleased to present to the diocesan household our slate of candidates, which you will find by clicking here.
The Standing Committee charged our committee to assemble a slate of talented, faithful people, any one of whom we were convinced would be qualified to serve as our next bishop. This is that slate.
We are grateful to the whole household for your input and insights that guided our profile, for your patience, and for your regular prayers. We give thanks, too, for the many candidates who were willing to put their names forward and offer their gifts to our diocese.
I also want to extend my deepest thanks to the faithful members of the Search Committee team, who worked tirelessly and seamlessly to produce this wonderful slate of nominees. Our work was energizing and exciting, and I can truly say that this was one of my best experiences in the church! When you see them around the diocese, will you please thank them for the ministry they have done on our behalf? They are: The Rev. Dr. Charles Allen, The Rev. Gordon Chastain, The Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke, Lara Dreyer, George Eastman, The Rev. Dr. Richard Godbold, The Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne, Terry Noble, Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, The Rev. Karen Sullivan, The Rev. Fatima Yakubu-Madus, and Melissa zur Loye.
The next stage of our transition now begins: to get to know this slate of candidates, and to discern together which of them God is calling to lead us in the next chapter of our ministry in this diocese.
Pam Douglas
Search Committee Chair

Bishop Search Update – Diocesan Profile Published

hbxiWith the approval of our Diocesan Standing Committee, our Search Committee has just published our diocesan profile at, describing our Diocese to potential candidates, and outlining the gifts, qualities, skills, and experiences we are looking for in our next Bishop. On January 10, we will begin to accept nominations for potential candidates, and our nominations will close on February 15, 2016. Know of a potential candidate? Nominate them yourself online by following the links in our profile!

The Role of a Bishop: Frequently Asked Questions

Since we poBishopWho.fwsted our initial FAQ, we’ve received some additional questions from the diocesan household about the role and responsibilities of a bishop. Here are our answers – keep the questions coming! Send us an e-mail and we’ll respond as quickly and clearly as we can.

Is the role of a bishop consistent from diocese to diocese?

While the general role of a bishop within The Episcopal Church is described in the Book of Common Prayer and the The Episcopal Church’s Constitution and Canons, the carrying out of that role in a specific day-to-day capacity naturally varies from diocese to diocese. (For example, the Bishop of New York has vastly different day-to-day responsibilities and context than does the Bishop of Eastern Oregon.)

Where can one find the role defined?

The Outline of the Faith provided by our Book of Common Prayer answers the general part of your question: “What is the ministry of a bishop?” in this way: “The ministry of a bishop is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as apostle, chief priest, and pastor of a diocese; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the whole Church; to proclaim the Word of God; to act in Christ’s name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to ordain others to continue Christ’s ministry.” (p. 855)

In the ordination service for a Bishop, the Book of Common Prayer also describes a Bishop’s general duties:

A Bishop:

…is faithful in prayer, and in the study of Holy Scripture, in order to have the mind of Christ.

…boldly proclaims and interprets the Gospel of Christ, enlightening the minds and stirring up the conscience of the Bishop’s people.

…encourages and supports all baptized people in their gifts and ministries, nourishing them from the riches of God’s grace, prays for them without ceasing, and celebrates with them the sacraments of our redemption.

…shares with fellow bishops in the government of the whole Church; sustains fellow presbyters and takes counsel with them; guides and strengthens the deacons and all others who minister in the Church.

…is merciful to all, showing compassion to the poor and strangers, and defending those who have no helper.

Who will define the role specific to our diocese?

In October, we will begin Holy Conversations around our Diocese to listen for and to discern what specific expectations and day-to-day responsibilities we will have of our new Bishop, in addition to the more general expectations listed above. We will engage the people of our Diocese in asking who we are, what we need as a Diocese and in our individual congregations and ministries to advance our individual and collective mission, and what particular gifts, skills, and qualities we think we will need from a new Bishop to help us accomplish that mission. The insights gathered will be incorporated into the Diocesan Profile and will inform our discernment of nominees as we seek the best possible slate of three to five candidates that have the gifts, qualities, and skills to meet both the general expectations listed above and to meet the particular needs we highlight for our Diocesan context.

Once elected by the Diocesan Convention, the Standing Committee (as the elected governing board of the Diocese) will negotiate with the new Bishop-elect a Letter of Agreement, which will outline both her/his general responsibilities listed above along with any specific expectations and responsibilities for our Diocese that are articulated in the discernment process. The new Bishop is accountable to the Standing Committee for the way in which she or he fulfills both their general duties and specific responsibilities.

Where are and what are the qualifications for a bishop whether in general or specifically for our diocese?

The Episcopal Church has only a few required canonical qualifications for a person to be Bishop. He or she must be a priest in good standing in a province of the Anglican Communion, between 30 and 72 years of age, receive the consent of the majority of Standing Committees of The Episcopal Church, have the consent of a majority of Bishops with jurisdiction, and receive those consents from Standing Committees and Bishops within 120 days of his or her election.