Minnesota announces bishop slate

The Diocese of Minnesota announces the slate for election of their next bishop. The nominees are:

The Rev. Dr. Mariann Budde, Rector, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, MN.

Budde has been the Rector of St. John’s since 1993. Ordained to the priesthood in 1988, Mariann came to St. John’s after serving a parish in Ohio. Her primary responsibility is to provide spiritual leadership and direction to the parish, through worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and oversight of the staff and various ministries of the church. She works collaboratively with the church clergy, staff and Vestry members (the elected leadership) and helps the leadership clarify its vision and goals for the future. She is also active in community and diocesan ministry. Mariann is married to Paul, they have 2 children.

The Rev. Bonnie Perry, Rector, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL.

Perry has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA; A Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY; and A Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. She is an American Canoe Association certified Open Water and Eskimo Roll Kayak Instructor, a level 3 sea kayak Coach in the British Canoe Union and a Wilderness First Responder. Perry is partnered lesbian, an organizer and leader of The Chicago Consultation that supported passage of the resolutions on episcopal elections of openly gay candidates and enabling rites for marriage equality to pass at the General Convention.

The Rev. Brian Prior, Rector, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Spokane, WA and Vice President of the House of Deputies of the General Convention.

Prior serves the Diocese of Spokane as the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in the Spokane Valley, a church he helped start in 1996. Previously, he served on the diocesan staff as the Director of Education and Development and as the Executive Director of Camp Cross, and as the Associate Rector of St. Stephen’s in Spokane. He is in a third term on the Standing Committee, the last two as President, is a member of Mission and Budget, Mission and Structure, and serves on the Cabinet of the Diocesan Capital Campaign. Brian is married with two school-age children and has a passion for basketball including coaching a consistently state ranked girls? high school varsity team..

More information on each nominee is here.

A petition process will now be open and the election for the 9th bishop of Minnesota will be held October 31, 2009.


Integrity applauds slate of candidates for Bishop of Minnesota. “The Diocese of Minnesota is leading the way for the rest of The Episcopal Church,” said Integrity President Susan Russell, “as they move us forward into a future where the resolutions we passed at our recent General Convention become a reality.” Read Press Release here.

Episcopal Life Online has the story here.

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