It's not too late to suggest the names of potential members for two committees that will carry out the selection of the next Bishop of Pittsburgh.

The Standing Committee will now be accepting recommendations for the Nomination Committee and Transition Committee until December 8.

The two groups will have equally important, but distinct, roles in the work that culminates with the installation of a new bishop late in 2012. While the Nomination Committee will conduct the process that produces a slate of candidates, the Transition Committee will be responsible for introducing the candidates to the diocese, conducting the election, and helping the bishop-elect settle in. For this reason, those who have hospitality in their heart should step forward or be recommended to serve.

Descriptions and recommendation forms for the committees are on the Bishop Search page of the diocesan website.

There has already been a good response to the initial request for recommendations, but in the interest of drawing from as wide a pool as possible, the deadline has been extended. Additionally, the Standing Committee asked each of the four diocesan districts to offer recommendations, but several districts have not yet been able to caucus.

The Standing Committee will announce its selection in mid-December.

District 3 Meeting Set

Members of District 3 parishes will meet on Saturday, December 4, at 9:00 a.m. in the lounge of St. Paul's, Mt. Lebanon, to make recommendations for membership on the two search committees.

District 3 is composed of All Saint's, Bridgeville; All Soul's, North Versailles; Church of the Nativity, Crafton; St. Paul's, Mt. Lebanon; St. Peter's, Brentwood; St. Stephen's, McKeesport; and St. Thomas, Canonsburg.

The meeting is open to all. Deputies to Diocesan Convention, alternates, clergy, and vestry members are especially encouraged to attend. RSVP to District 3 chair, Jon Delano, at

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