December 18th, 2013
Episcopal Diocese Elects New Bishop Suffragan
Rev. Allen K. Shin
NEW YORK - On December 7, at a special election convention held at Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the Rev. Allen K. Shin was declared the bishop suffragan-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The new bishop suffragan will replace Bishop Catherine Roskam, who retired at the end of 2011, and will work alongside the diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche.
Shin, who is currently rector of St. John’s Church, Huntington, LI, NY was elected on the 4th round of balloting by a majority of the active clergy. A brief biography of the bishop elect may be found at www.suffragan.episcopalny.org (where you will also find information on the other nominees and videos of all).
Shin was one of five candidates nominated in early October by a special Committee to Elect a Bishop, which began work following the call for the election of a suffragan by Bishop Dietsche’s predecessor as diocesan, Bishop Mark S. Sisk, at the diocese’s annual convention in November 2012. Bishop Sisk retired, and Bishop Dietsche was installed as XVI Bishop of New York, on February 2, 2013.
The bishop suffragan-elect must now receive the consent of a majority both of the other diocesan bishops of the Episcopal Church and of the standing committees of the Church’s dioceses, before being consecrated in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
A bishop suffragan in the Episcopal Church is elected by the diocesan convention to assist the diocesan bishop and to serve under the diocesan’s direction. Unlike a bishop coadjutor, a bishop suffragan has no automatic right of succession to the diocesan bishop.
The Episcopal Diocese of New York is one of the largest dioceses of The Episcopal Church, which is a member of the Anglican Communion. It includes 199 local congregations (parishes) with about 66,000 members, 72 deacons, 600 priests and, currently, two bishops—the 16th bishop of New York, the Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, and assistant bishop, the Rt. Rev. Chilton R. Knudsen, formerly bishop of Maine, who will retire at the end of May 2014 following the consecration of bishop suffragan-elect Shin. Extending from Tottenville, Staten Island, in the south, well over 100 miles to rural Callicoon, Sullivan County, in the northwest, the diocese covers 4,739 urban, suburban and rural square miles in 10 of the state’s southeastern counties: New York City’s boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island; and Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties.