As you know, the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Lexington has called for a special Convention on Saturday, May 14. At this meeting, the clergy and convention deputies will be asked to place the Diocese of Lexington under the authority and oversight of The Right Reverend Bruce Caldwell, as Bishop Provisional. After a time of prayerful thought and discernment, the Standing Committee enthusiastically and unanimously recommended Bishop Caldwell to the convention for consideration.
Bishop Caldwell has written to the diocese, “The call from the President of your Standing Committee, Peter D’Angio, with news that I was the Committee’s choice for Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, was received with real joy. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Lexington to meet with some of the leadership of the diocese. I was impressed with the beauty of the place in which you live, and with the quality of your leadership. I know that the diocese is going through a difficult time, but I am convinced that God is present in all times. Should you support my nomination, I believe that together, with God’s help, we will faithfully continue to live out Christ’s mission and ministry in the Diocese of Lexington. Following the special convention, with your support, I plan to get right to work. There are many things to learn, and many friends to make. I am very hopeful about the future, and promise that I will do my best to serve you faithfully.”
Get to Know Bishop Caldwell
Allow me to introduce myself to you. I am a 69 year old retired bishop from the Diocese of Wyoming. I am currently living close to family in Minneapolis with my wife Brenda, who is a Deacon in the Church. She served as chaplain to at-risk teens at a residential treatment facility in Laramie. I have two daughters. Kela is married to Patrick. Patrick loves to sail Lake Superior, and is kind enough to allow me to crew. Kela works in event planning, and loves her Standard Poodle Daisy. Morgan works for N.A.M.I. and is an artist. She is the mother of Lydia, who is all a grand daughter should be. Since retiring from Wyoming I have served as the spiritual leader of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, assisted in New York as bishop, instructed GED and ESL and helped to direct an equine therapy program. Currently I have an art studio, and hope to become a good painter. There is life after retirement.
In the Church, I have served in a variety of settings: Harlem, Tampa Florida, Christiansburg,Virginia, Ft. Yukon, Alaska, Bismarck, N.D. and of course Wyoming. I have enjoyed cross cultural ministry, working with the economically disadvantaged and small churches, innovating with ministry models, developing and empowering the ministry of the baptized, and finding abundance in all situations. I love the Church and want to see it healthy, full of ministry, and active in mission.
I am filled with curiosity, which keeps me asking questions. I have come to see this as perhaps my main gift. It has helped me transition quickly to new situations, and has allowed me to store up knowledge, which I hope to slowly simmer into wisdom. My work in family systems and community development have been particularly helpful in my interim ministry. I don’t avoid conflict. I believe that all situations are opportunities to grow, and that God can be trusted. I feel blessed to be a member of the “Body of Christ”.
For whatever reason, God has not allowed me to settle too deeply into my recliner, and for that I am grateful. My hope is that what I have learned will benefit you.
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