At the Diocese of Rhode Island's annual convention today Bishop Wolf announced her intention to retire by the end of 2012.
"As Christians we are called to serve Christ as best as we are able and then to accede to the contributions and vision of those who would follow. So it is that on this fifth day of March, 2011, I officially inform you of my intention to retire by the end of 2012, and hereby call for the election of my successor. By then, I shall be approaching my 66th birthday and the 36th year of my ordained ministry.
This was a very difficult decision for me to make, for I am truly invigorated by the ongoing challenges of episcopal ministry. However, it is the duty of every Christian to continually discern God’s will. Through prayer and conversation with others, I recognized that this was where the Lord was leading and have informed the Presiding Bishop’s office of my decision.
During the next twenty months or so, I will continue to have the honor of serving as your Bishop, gladly fulfilling the responsibilities of this sacred office. Having served in two dioceses during a change in diocesan bishops, I am well aware of the anticipation, excitement and anxiety that are part of this process and equally aware that on a daily basis, most things remain the same. "
Her full is here.
The President of the diocesan Standing Committee talks about what the next steps for the diocese will be here.