Today, the convention of the Diocese of New York gathered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan and elected the Rev. Matthew Heyd as their 17th Bishop. I want to congratulate Fr. Heyd and Ann, his wife, and wish them every blessing as they prepare for this important ministry. It was a profound honor for me to be a candidate in this bishop election process, and Jesse and I especially want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your prayers and support in the past months. Your love and Christian affection sustained us both during a season of uncertainty.
At every point of this process, I strove to tell the story of All Saints’ Church and its people. I think the world needs to know about the amazing things that God has done and continues to do in our midst. One result of this election is a confirmation of my own continued ministry among you as rector—and for that, I give profound thanks. There is much left for us to do together, and I look forward to what God has in store for us.
It would be a great comfort to see you tomorrow in church. Our 10am Holy Eucharist will be followed by our Annual Meeting, which is a time set aside to reflect on the blessings of the past year in our parish. I hope you will be able to come. In the meantime, thank you once again for your graciousness toward me and for giving me the chance to offer myself to this discernment process among our friends across the East River.
The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas