The Rev. Rosemari Sullivan, executive officer of the General Convention, has confirmed that she is a finalist in the election for a new bishop in the Diocese of Easton, comprised of 41 churches on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake in Maryland. The election is scheduled for September 28.
'As secretary of the General Convention, I have been asked what implications the nomination will have for the planning and carrying out of the 2003 General Convention,' she said. 'I want to assure everyone that planning and arrangements for the convention have never been in better shape.'
Sullivan noted that a strong, experienced General Convention staff is well-prepared for the 74th convention to be held in Minneapolis July 27-August 8, pointing out that the actual logistics, worship, legislative process and exhibits are 'solidly in place.' She added that 'regardless of the election in Easton, the General Convention is in good hands and in excellent order.'
Sullivan was appointed to her office by Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold and Pamela P. Chinnis, president of the House of Deputies, on September 21, 1998 and assumed her office on November 1. At the time she was rector of the Church of St. Clement in Alexandria, Virginia.
In addition to planning the triennial convention, her office is responsible for the work of the committees, commissions, boards and agencies that implement the mission commitments of the church during interim years. In an interview following her appointment Sullivan stressed that 'General Convention is really a process that his happening all the time--not just the visible meeting that happens every three years.'