Bishop's Sabbatical Updates

Bishop's Sabbatical Updates

by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

The Office of the Bishop continues to prepare for Bishop Beisner's twelve-week sabbatical that begins on May 2nd. Please read the following important reminders and protocols for this time when the bishop will be away. Members of the Office of the Bishop staff will continue to be available for meetings and inquiries during this sabbatical time.

Bishop’s Assistant
To schedule a meeting with Bishop Beisner before or after his sabbatical, please contact Sandra Littman, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop. Sandra will be available to assist diocesan clergy and members with all matters normally requiring approval or attention during the bishop’s sabbatical. Please contact Sandra at or call 916-442-6918 ext. 213.

Diocesan Leadership and Canonical Authority
In Bishop Beisner’s absence, diocesan leadership and canonical authority continue as usual. The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, Canon to the Ordinary; Jim Sargent, President of the Standing Committee; and the Rev. Michael Monnot, Vice President of the Board of Trustees, will be points of contact. The Rt. Rev. George Hunt will also be available for regional confirmations.

Bishop’s Email and Phone
During his sabbatical, Bishop Beinser’s email will be turned off. Any emails sent to the bishop will not be received. The bishop will resume receiving emails on July 28th, and will respond at an appropriate date thereafter. Bishop Beisner will not be available for meetings or events during his sabbatical, nor will he be returning phone calls or text messages. If you have a matter to contact the bishop about during his sabbatical, please call or email Sandra Littman or Canon Andrea McMillin.

Bishop’s Return
When Bishop Beisner returns from sabbatical he will be immediately involved in several diocesan events: Ordinands Retreat, Pathways Youth Pilgrimage and the Discernment Weekend. Thank you in advance for your patience as we welcome him back.

Remarriage Requests
A reminder that any Remarriage Requests received after April 18th will be processed beginning on August 10th.

Thank you so much for your attention to these sabbatical protocols. For immediate assistance, please contact Sandra Littman at or call 916-442-6918 ext. 213.

Sabbatical Contact Information

Sandra Littman - Administrative Assistant to the Bishop,
The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin - Canon to the Ordinary,
Jim Sargent - President of the Standing Committee,
The Rev. Michael Monnot - Vice President of the Board of Trustees,
Office of the Bishop Staff Webpage -


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