Telling Our Stories
A Letter from Bishop Lee/Una Carta del Obispo Lee: Call for the Election of the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago
On February 14, Bishop Lee wrote to the people of the Diocese of Chicago announcing his retirement and calling for the election of his successor.
"Ever since that cold February day in 2008 when you welcomed me with a glorious ordination celebration, it has been a great privilege to serve God with you as your bishop. Now, trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the counsel of those dearest to me, I believe it is time for you to choose someone new to carry this ministry into the future. Accordingly, I am writing today to announce my intent to retire eighteen months from now, in August 2020, and to call for the election of the thirteenth bishop of Chicago."
Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee announced today that he will retire as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago in August 2020, and called for the election of his successor.
Beginning this year, congregations interested in building skills in capital campaign fundraising and stewardship can participate in Thriving Together: A Campaign for Congregations in the Diocese of Chicago. The next opportunity to explore the program is Saturday, March 30, when consultants from the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) will lead a one-day "Capital Campaign Kickstart.” The location will be determined soon.
The 2018 Bishop’s Appeal campaign raised $183,303, exceeding its budget goal of $150,000 by more than 22 percent and posting an increase of more than $21,000 over 2017. The campaign was conducted during Eastertide and Advent.
Bishop Lee writes to the people of the diocese about revelations of child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Illinois and a three-year suspension of the canon law statute of limitations on reporting abuse in the Episcopal Church.