Baskerville-Burrows is a Nominee for Bishop of Indianapolis

July 10, 2016

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Dear Friends:

I’m writing with good news. Just a few moments ago, the Diocese of Indianapolis announced that the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, our director of networking, is one of its four nominees to be the next bishop of Indianapolis.

None of us who has the great fortune to work with Jennifer are at all surprised by the excellent choice of the search committee in our neighboring diocese. Just as those of us in Chicago have done for the past five years, the people of Indianapolis have recognized her faithful commitment to leading well, to transforming lives and institutions, and to working for justice for all God’s people. 

The election of the eleventh bishop of Indianapolis will take place between October 27 and 29 at Christ Church Cathedral. From October 12-16, the diocese will hold what are commonly called walkabouts—a chance for the people of the diocese to meet Jennifer and her husband, Harrison, and the other nominees and their families.

As you may remember, Jennifer is taking a much-deserved sabbatical and vacation and will return to the office on October 3. Right now, she is in the Bahamas with her family transcribing recipes from her great-aunt, who is the bread baker for the island of Green Turtle Cay. After returning to the United States, she will reflect and write on the connections between food, physical well-being, and spirituality during a monastery retreat. In September, while on vacation, she’ll be at home as her son, Timothy, moves from an Episcopal pre-school to a public school kindergarten.

I hope that you will join me in celebrating Jennifer’s nomination to be bishop of Indianapolis and in praying for her, for Harrison and Timothy, and for the people of the Diocese of Indianapolis as they discern the future to which God is calling them. 


The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee
Bishop of Chicago

Find profiles of all the nominees and learn more on the Hoosier Bishop search website

Category: Diocesan News