The Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, will lead the Lexington diocese during the suspension of Lexington’s Episcopal bishop, Doug Hahn.
Caldwell, who was selected as “bishop provisional” during a special convention at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Winchester on May 14, will begin work June 1 “and continue until convention acts otherwise,” according to a news release.
A special Eucharist welcoming him is scheduled for June 18 at Christ Church Cathedral.
“I am excited, and I am looking forward to getting to work,” Caldwell said in the release.
Caldwell served as bishop in Wyoming for 13 years. Since 2010, when his tenure ended, he has served as interim spiritual leader of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, where he lives with his family. He also has served as assisting bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
Lexington’s diocese has been under the authority of the Standing Committee, an elected body of clergy and lay leaders, since March 9, when Hahn was suspended for a year after admitting that he had had a sexual relationship with an adult female parishioner, and that he “intentionally withheld” that information while seeking to become Lexington’s bishop in 2012, according to the diocese.