On behalf of the Transition Committee, I want to extend our thanks to the diocese for the grand welcome they offered our nominees for bishop.  Together you all offered the kind of hospitality that took what could have been an extremely grueling experience and made it one in which the nominees and their spouses felt truly welcome. 

There are so many specific things to thank people for.  To begin with, we are thankful for the questions that people offered by email and at the diocesan leadership day which were instrumental in shaping the questions asked during the plenary sessions.  The four host parishes –  St. Brendan's, Franklin Park; St. Peter's, Brentwood; Holy Cross, Homewood; and St. Michael's of the Valley, Ligonier – generously offered their space and their cooking talents and their time.  Those who served as moderators and timekeepers kept the evenings proceeding in a calm, orderly and pleasant manner, with grace and flexibility.  And we appreciate all those great questions that were addressed to the nominees in the breakout sessions.

Additionally, I want to thank all those who took time during the day to meet with the nominees to help them gain a greater understanding of our diocese. 

I also want to thank you all for the commitment you showed in attending the evening walk-about meetings, for taking the time to meet and listen to the nominees, so that together we can carefully discern who is the best fit for us as we move into the future.  When we started planning the evenings, we pictured there being thirty or forty people attending each evening.  We actually had over 100 at every session. 

The nominees repeatedly said how well cared-for they felt.  Everyone who had any part in the week contributed to that experience.  I am grateful for how we pulled together.

Thank you all very, very much!

Your sister in Christ,

The Rev. Nancy Chalfant-Walker 
Chair, Transition Committee
Rector, St. Stephen's, WIlkinsburg

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