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  • Our bishops’ schedules are extremely busy. Generally appointments with the bishop are reserved for clergy. If you are a lay member, it is recommended that you first contact our Canon to the Ordinary, John Johanssen, at jjohanssen@diosohio.org or by calling 513.421.0311. For clergy or assistance with contacting the Canon to the Ordinary, please contact Ann Sabo at asabo@diosohio.org or 513.421.0311 ext 103.

  • A link to the episcopal visitation schedule can be found to the left or by contacting Executive Assistant Ann Sabo at asabo@diosohio.org or 513.421.0311 ext 103.

    The bishop is canonically required to visit each congregation every three years, and we have 73 congregations. That rotation is followed first. If you would like to make a request for a special service or anniversary, please contact Ann Sabo at least one year in advance.

  • A Celebration of New Ministry can be scheduled after a rector or priest in charge has been in their position for six months. To schedule a celebration of New Ministry, please contact Ann Sabo at asabo@diosohio.org or 513.421.0311 ext 103.

Ecclesiastical  forms

Confidential Notice of Concern

Deacon Renewal of License after retirement

Declaration of Intention

Letter of Transfer

List of Candidates to be Confirmed

License to Officiate application

Petition to Solemnize a Marriage after Divorce or Annulment (pdf)

Petition to Solemnize a Marriage after Divorce or Annulment (Word doc)

Reporting Solemnization of Second Marriage

Policies

  • If you are a priest from another diocese who lives in the Diocese of Southern Ohio and wishes to occasionally serve as supply clergy for one of our congregations, you must first take the following steps to become Licensed to Officiate in the Diocese of Southern Ohio:

    • Fill out the Application for License to Officiate (LTO) with attached biographical materials (CV, etc)
    • Email the bishops’ office to request a meeting to Ann Sabo (Executive Assistant to the Bishop) at: asabo@diosohio.org
    Meeting with Bishop

    The day of your meeting, please bring a copy of your:

    • Certification of ordination
    • Letter of good standing from the bishop in your Diocese of Canonical Residence
    Next Steps

    Following your meeting with the bishop, a background check will be initiated by our office. When that report is received, you will receive notification that you have been Licensed to Officiate in the Diocese of Southern Ohio until the next Diocesan Convention (each year in November). Your license is renewable from convention to convention, e.g. November to November. If you wish to serve as supply clergy on Sundays, you may then be added to our Clergy Supply List.

    Questions? Contact Ann Sabo (Executive Assistant to the Bishop) at: asabo@diosohio.org or 513.421.0311

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  • Transferring into the Diocese of Southern Ohio

    For priests who seek to become canonically resident in the Diocese of Southern Ohio:

    • Request that the Ecclesiastical Authority of your diocese of canonical residence send your Letters Dimissory to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese of Southern Ohio (Bishop Smith) at the following address: the Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, Diocese of Southern Ohio, 412 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
    • When the Letters Dimissory is received by Bishop Smith, a signed Acceptance of Letters Dimissory is sent back to the diocese of origin and a copy of that document is placed into the priest’s file here at the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
    • Church Pension Group is then notified of the Change in Canonical Residence by the diocesan Ordination Officer (Ann Sabo).
    Transferring out of the Diocese of Southern Ohio

    For priests who seek to transfer out of the Diocese of Southern Ohio:

    • Send a written request for your Letters Dimissory to Bishop Smith; please include the name and address of the Ecclesiastical Authority of the diocese where you wish to transfer.
    • Upon receipt of your written request to transfer, the bishop’s office will send a signed copy of the Letters Dimissory to the Ecclesiastical Authority of your new diocese.
    • When the Letters Dimissory is received, the Ecclesiastical Authority of that diocese will send a signed Acceptance of Letters Dimissory to the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The Ordination Officer of that diocese will then notify Church Pension Group of the Change in Canonical Residence.

    Questions? Contact Ann Sabo (Executive Assistant to the Bishop) at: asabo@diosohio.org or 513.421.0311

  • Under our Canons, no Member of the Clergy may solemnize the marriage “of any person who has been the husband or wife of any other person then living” except with “the consent of the Bishop of the Diocese wherein the Member of the Clergy is canonically resident.”

    Diocesan Policies

    In fulfillment of these canonical requirements, the following provisions and procedures apply to all re-marriages within the Diocese of Southern Ohio:

    • A period of one year shall have elapsed following the final decree of divorce or dissolution.
    • The petition should be received at least sixty days prior to the wedding. pdf form. Word doc
    • Once the wedding (if permitted) has taken place, it will be the officiant’s responsibility to inform the bishop when and where it took place using this form.
    Submitting a Second Marriage Request

    All petitions must include a copy of the signed Declaration of Intention, a copy of the final decree(s), and a Letter of Endorsement from the officiating priest. The Letter of Endorsement should offer a thorough response to the following: 

    • State the relationship of the parties to the Church (at least one of the parties should be a baptized member of the Episcopal Church) and the community of faith.
    • Describe the circumstances and reasons for the breakdown of the previous marriage for each individual as well as the priest’s pastoral assessment of the proposed marriage.
    • Provide information regarding the “continuing concern” called for in Canon 1.19 for “the well-being of the former spouse, and of any children of the prior marriage.

    Please note that the Bishop does not grant consent for third marriages except in highly unusual circumstances. In the case of a third marriage request, additional information may be required.

    Notes on the Canons
    Canon 1.18

    All provisions shall apply, including the required signing of the Declaration of Intention. 

    Canon 1.19

    Pertains to the Bishop of the canonical residence of the priest, not the couple. As of January 1, 2001, consents under this canon may also be given by the Bishop where a priest is licensed to officiate if the marriage is to be in that Diocese. 

    Marriages which are to take place in a Diocese in which the priest is neither licensed nor canonically resident must be affirmed by the Bishop of that Diocese following the consent given by the Bishop of the Diocese where the priest is canonically resident.

    All marriages solemnized under Title I, Canon 19, Section 3 must be reported to the Bishop following the marriage liturgy. Use this form.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    1. I am canonicaly resident in the Diocese of Iowa, but am licensed and function in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. One of my parishioners asked me to solemnize her second marriage in Columbus next year. Whose permission do I need? Consent for a marriage to be performed in Southern Ohio should be sought from the Bishop of Southern Ohio.
    2. Do I need to be licensed by the State of Ohio too?  Yes. An application for the license required to perform marriages in the State of Ohio is available on the Secretary of State website.
    3. I am canonicaly resident in Southern Ohio but am licensed and functioning in the Diocese of Nevada. I was just asked to officiate for a second marriage in Arizona. Whose permission do I ask? Consent should be sought from the Bishop of Southern Ohio and affirmed by the Bishop of Arizona.
    4. I’m a deacon. Am I alowed to solemnize a second marriage in the Diocese of Southern Ohio? No. Because the Blessing of the Marriage is at the heart of this liturgy, deacons are not authorized to solemnize marriages in this diocese.

    Please email the required documents to asabo@diosohio.org or mail printed copies to her attention at: Diocese of Southern Ohio c/o Ann Sabo 412 Sycamore Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Download Petition to Solemnize a Marriage after Divorce or Annulment: pdf form

    Download Petition to Solemnize a Marriage after Divorce or Annulment: Word doc

Bishops office team

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Provisional Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith
Executive Assistant

Ann Sabo

Canon to the Ordinary

The Rev. Canon John Johanssen

Assisting Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Jr.

Assisting Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs

Assisting Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Bavi Edna ``Nedi`` Rivera