The Diocese of Bethlehem announced Friday that Bishop Paul Marshall would be resigning at the end of this year.
In a letter posted on the Diocese website , Marshall indicated that he "will resign for the canonical reasons of “advanced age” as of December 31 of this year."
Marshall, who has been bishop for 17 years, said in the letter that he would turn over ecclesiastical authority to the Standing Committee of the Diocese at noon on August 1. He said he would begin a sabbatical in September, which would last "until I lay down my crosier on December 31, thus giving me time to transition into the last stage of my life and giving the diocese all of 2014 to accumulate the funds required to finance an episcopal election."
Marshall said Canon Gerns will contact Bishop Clayton Matthews, who will guide members of the Diocese through the process of selecting Marshall's successor.