A Letter from Bishop vonRosenberg
January 14, 2016
Today I have shared with the Standing Committee my intention to retire as Bishop Provisional of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, effective at the conclusion of the current cycle of visitations, this coming summer. It has been my great privilege to serve in this capacity with the good and faithful people who chose to continue your faith journey as part of The Episcopal Church. These times have been exciting and challenging, and I assure you that I will never forget them or you.
The timing of this retirement seems to make sense for a number of reasons. Next summer, I will have served as Bishop Provisional for longer than most of my colleagues who have taken on such a responsibility elsewhere. More importantly, though, is the fact that our diocese finds itself in a place of good health, stability, and optimism. The organization that we needed to establish has been put in place, for the most part. Vital connections to the larger church have been reestablished, encouraged, and developed significantly since early 2013. The experience of diocesan staff and leaders – experience that was previously lacking almost entirely – has reached a level of competence and, even, excellence. We hope and pray, with some assurance, that the turbulence and travails of the court process will have reached a point approaching conclusion. The Committee on the Future of the Diocese will be well into its task of recommending appropriate next steps to the diocese.
For all these reasons and others, then, it makes sense for Annie and me to attempt retirement once again, beginning next summer. May God continue to guide and to bless the people and churches of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina!
The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg
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