*Please also reserve Sunday, December 3 in case a decision is not reached on December 2. 

There is a dedicated Bishop Search and Transition website: diocalbishopsearch.org. Please go there to find the most up-to-date information and resources about the search process.

Letter from the Standing Committee

Read the letter to the Diocese from the Standing Committee as you prepare for the upcoming convention.


The Standing Committee and Search & Transition Committee’s Slate of Nominees. Nominees by petition will be added following the close of the petition period.


Agenda for the special Electing Convention of the Diocese of California 

Live stream

All non-voting individuals are welcome to join and watch the special Electing Convention virtually.


View the liturgies for the Special Electing Convention

Parking and transportation

Please plan your transportation to the cathedral and arrive early to ensure a timely start to the convention.

VPOLL Voting

Voting will take place in-person at Grace Cathedral using the VPOLL app. Go to the VPOLL platform. 

Bring your own voting device

You’ll need to bring your own smart phone, tablet, or other device to vote. 

Packing list

We’ve created a pack list to make sure you have what you need.


Closed Captioning for the Bishop Electing Convention are available on Textstream working 9 a.m. Dec 2, 2023.

Spanish interpretation

Spanish interpretation will be available at the cathedral and online.

Accessibility and mobility

The Grace Cathedral nave is wheelchair accessible by elevator from the crypt level using the entrance on Taylor Street or from the parking garage on level G1.

Child care

The cathedral child care center has permanently closed. Clergy and delegates should arrange their own childcare and the diocese will reimburse the cost.

Coffee and Breakfast

There will be coffee, tea, and water available out of the Grace Cathedral dining room starting at 7:30 A.M. Additionally, a continental breakfast will be served from 7:30 – 9: 00 a.m. on the plaza. 

Boxed lunches

Boxed lunches from Panera (including vegan and gluten free options) will be available free of charge in Gresham Hall Saturday, December 2. However if you have strong allergies or other dietary restrictions, you may want to consider bringing a bag lunch with you.

Masking and social distancing

We encourage you to wear a mask if that would make you more comfortable. There are also spaces in the Cathedral where you can socially distance. Please take a COVID test if you’re feeling under the weather, and stay home if you test positive. 

Convention documents

Governing Documents of Convention

Meet and greets

Opportunities to meet the Nominees for the Ninth Bishop of California will be made available to all members of the Diocese of California.


 Clergy, Delegates, and Alternates who know they’re replacing a Delegate should confirm they plan to attend the Bishop Electing Convention by filling out this form before November 15 at 5 p.m. PST

Upcoming Events

Questions or Concerns regarding Convention resources?

Contact Br. Richard Edward Helmer, Secretary of the Convention.

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