The Rev. Thomas Brown, rector of The Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts, was elected the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on Saturday, February 9, 2019. The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner was among the candidates on the slate announced on November 8, 2018, by the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
Waggoner said, “Today, Saturday, February 9, the people of the Diocese of Maine elected the Rev. Thomas Brown as their next bishop. It was a joy and an honor to be a part of the discernment process in Maine. As the Diocese of Maine moves forward in partnership with their new bishop, I pray God’s blessing upon them.
‘And to the beloved people and clergy of the Diocese of Fort Worth, as we continue our work together under the leadership of Bishop Scott Mayer, please know how glad I am to continue to serve with you. I pray that we will know God’s delight in us as we strive to share the goodness and love of God with all our neighbors.”
The other candidates were:
- The Rev. Kenneth H. Brannon, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley, Idaho
- The Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee, executive vice president and chief ecclesiastical officer of The Church Pension Group, New York, New York
- The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Everett, Washington
Waggoner is the second woman priest from this diocese to be part of an episcopal election this year. The Rev. Carlye Hughes, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, was elected bishop of the Diocese of Newark in May and consecrated in September.