Alas, the Diocese of New York has not yet posted a video of our Bishop Coadjutor Andrew M.L. Dietsche's barn-burner of an address. I hope it will, and will share it here if and when it does. The Bishop, who will be installed as our Diocesan in February 2013, gave a stirring call to abandon fear, institutional thinking and obsession with growth for the sake of growth. He urged us to think less self-consciously on the health of the Church, and to focus on mission--modeling and preaching the Gospel Way. He urged us to think big, not small--declaring that if he can't ask God for the Kingdom of Heaven, what was there worth asking for?
We will continue to be be in good hands, I think, when Bishop Dietsche is installed.
Here's a taste of his style--his humor, his thought for others, and his commitment to the God and our Diocese:
Today we also celebrated Bishop Mark Sisk, who deserves our thanks and applause for his steady, pastoral hand at the tiller. He will be be remembered as a bishop who was confronted with crises that called for real leadership, and who rose to the task. A measure of the affection and respect felt for Bishop Sisk can be seen in the video tribute to him prepared by the Cathedral Staff.
Bishop Sisk impressed me with his sincere and passionate engagement with the problems of the poor and underprivileged, and also with the issues of food production and water availability, and the harm caused by the commodification of both. His gentle good humor is notable. He will be missed. But I firmly believe that Bishop Dietsche is the right bishop to succeed him, and is ready to lead us into the next chapter of the Diocese's already storied history.