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The Rev. Canon Susan E. Goff Elected Bishop Suffragan


The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia is pleased to announce that the Rev. Canon Susan E. Goff was elected as bishop suffragan of Virginia at a special Electing Council of the Diocese held on Saturday, April 21 at St. George’s, Fredericksburg. Goff was elected on the fourth ballot, with 148 votes in the clerical order and 164 votes in the lay order. An election required 104 votes in the clerical order and 130 votes in the lay order. A suffragan is a bishop elected by a diocese to assist the diocesan bishop.

“We are most grateful to all six of the candidates for journeying with us through this process,” said the Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, bishop of the Diocese. “They all displayed an immense amount of faith, dedication and good spirit.” The other candidates were the Rev. Randy Alexander, the Very Rev. David May, the Very Rev. Dr. Hilary Smith, the Very Rev. Shirley Smith Graham and the Rev. Canon Sue Sommer.

“I am excited to be able to welcome Susan to the Virginia episcopate,” added Johnston. “In her work as canon to the ordinary, she brings much wisdom, grace and discretion, qualities that I know will translate well in the role of bishop suffragan.”

Goff, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, is canon to the ordinary of the Diocese of Virginia. She and her husband, the Rev. Tom Holliday, live in Richmond.          

The bishop suffragan elect will be consecrated on July 28 at St. Paul’s, Richmond, pending consents of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in early July.

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