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Standing Committee

The Standing Committee serves as the Bishop’s Council of Advice, and in the absence of the Bishop, is empowered to assume ecclesiastical authority within the diocese should there be no Bishop Coadjutor or Bishop Suffragan. All petitions to sell or encumber property must be approved by the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee may, from time to time, exercise a role in disciplinary proceedings related to ordained persons under the provisions of Title IV of the national Canons. The Standing Committee consents to the ordination of deacons and priests in the diocese and also consents to the election of bishops in the several dioceses of The Episcopal Church. Whenever the election of a Bishop is required in this diocese, the Standing Committee establishes the process for the nomination and election of such Bishop. There are 4 clerical and 4 lay members of the Standing Committee. Meetings are held on the third Monday morning of each month except during July and August.

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Members of the Standing Committee

Term Expires 203rd Convention (2019)

  • The Rev. Gayle Catinella
  • Mr. Dennis Coughlin

Term Expires 204th Convention (2020)

  • The Rev. Christopher McCann
  • Mr. Greg Daniels

Term Expires 205th Convention (2021)

  • The Rev. Vanessa E. B. Clark
  • Mr. Richard Preston

Term Expires 206th Convention (2022)

  • Ms. Jenna Bing
  • The Rev. Charlotte Reed


  • Ms. Eva Cole, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Bishop

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

December 2-3, 2018 (Bellwether Farm)

January 28, 2019

February 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

April 16, 2019

May 20, 2019

June 17, 2019

July 15, 2019 (if needed)

August 19, 2019 (if needed)

September 16, 2019

October 21, 2019

November 9, 2019 (at close of Convention)