What is a Bishop Provisional?
A provisional bishop is a bishop – either retired or concurrently holding another episcopal post – who serves as the bishop of a particular diocese during a vacancy for an agreed period of time or until a new bishop takes office. The Bishop Provisional holds the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese and would represent that diocese in the House of Bishops. In consultation with the Presiding Bishop, the Standing Committee nominates one candidate to the Diocesan Convention, who votes yes or no.
Meet the Bishop Provisional
The Rt. Rev. Catherine (Cate) Waynick served as the Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis from for twenty years before her retirement in 2017. She began her ministry in the Diocese of Michigan serving churches in Bloomfield HIlls and Pontiac before being elected bishop in 1997. Beyond her ministry in Indianapolis, Bishop Waynick served on several General Convention legislative committees, on the Abundance Committee of the Church Pension Fund, and on the task force to revise Title IV (Disciplinary Canons). She continues to serve as President of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops and as a Governor of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Bishop Waynick has been married for 49 years to Larry, and they have two grown children; Elizabeth (Mike) of Irvine, CA, and Steve (Tricia) of Canton, MI.
Bishop Waynick has been married for 49 years to Larry, and they have two grown children; Elizabeth (Mike) of Irvine, CA, and Steve (Tricia) of Canton, MI.
She will serve for one year on a half-time basis, alternating two weeks in in the diocese and two weeks off. She will perform all episcopal functions including ordinations and confirmations in addition to other traditional duties of a bishop including staff supervision, visitations, and more. Bishop Waynick will work closely with the Standing Committee as we begin our work with the people of this diocese to study our ministry in this place and to move forward into the next phase of diocesan episcopal authority.