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The Rev. Jeffrey Mello elected
as XVI Bishop Diocesan of ECCT

The Rev. Jeffrey Mello, Rector of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline, Massachusetts, was elected on May 21 as the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church.

Rev. Mello was elected on the sixth ballot out of a slate of five nominees. He received 129 votes of 225 cast in the lay order and 113 of 175 cast in the clergy order. An election on that ballot required 114 in the lay order and 89 in the clergy order.

The election was held during the diocese’s special election convention at the Connecticut Convention Center, as well as an auxiliary location at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT. Pending a successful consent process, Rev. Mello will succeed the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D., who announced his retirement just over one year ago.

View the full announcement here.

The consecration is scheduled to take place October 15, 2022, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Participating in God’s Mission Together:

We are home to about 60,000 people across six regions, encompassing over 155 parishes and worshiping communities. Together, we are a community devoted to participating in and understanding our roles within God’s mission.

Bishop Transition Prayers

Gracious God, we thank you and praise you for guiding the people of ECCT in the discernment of our next bishop diocesan culminating in the election of Jeffrey Mello as the XVI Bishop Diocesan. We pray for Bishop-elect Jeff and his family, as they journey in transition to Bishop-Elect Jeff’s new call. We pray also for the people of St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline as they journey in transition, saying goodbye to Bishop-elect Jeff and as they enter their own discernment process.

We thank you for everyone who offered themselves to our discernment, especially for nominees Glenna, Kate, Tanya, and Whitney. May you continue to grace them with their gifts as they continue to follow your call.

We pray for Bishop Laura, for her continued grace and steadfastness, as she transitions to partner with Bishop-elect Jeff in leading ECCT.

We pray in gratitude for our Bishop Ian, his leadership, guidance, and service, and for his spouse Kristin, asking blessings for their next journey.

All this we pray through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.