- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts has announced five nominees to become the new bishop.

The diocese with 185 congregations in the eastern part of the state is seeking a new bishop to replace the retiring M. Thomas Shaw, who’s led the diocese since 1994.

The nominees announced Wednesday are the Rev. Holly Antolini, rector of St. James, Cambridge; the Rev. Ronald Culmer, rector of St. Clare’s, Pleasanton, Calif.; the Rev. Alan Gates, rector of St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; the Rev. Ledlie Laughlin, rector of St. Peter’s, Philadelphia; and the Rev. Sam Rodman, project manager for campaign initiatives for the Massachusetts diocese.

More candidates may be added later.

The nominees will participate in a series of open meetings around the diocese in March. The election is April 5.

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