The Living Church

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The Living ChurchJune 2, 1996Bishop Chalfant of Maine Resigns 212(22) p. 7

The Rt. Rev. Edward C. Chalfant, Bishop of Maine, has submitted his resignation as bishop following the disclosure that he was involved in a breach of his marriage vows [TLC, May 12].

In a letter to Maine's standing committee and the diocese dated May 6, Bishop Chalfant wrote, "After much prayer and reflection as well as conversation with other bishops, the Presiding Bishop, and members of the standing committee, I have decided that it is in the best interests of all concerned that I resign at this time as the Bishop of Maine."

On April 16, the diocese was informed that Bishop Chalfant would begin a year's leave of absence. Since that time, the standing committee reviewed and evaluated the facts leading to that action as well as additional information and considerations which have been received. Based on that review, and after consultation with Presiding Bishop Edmond L. Browning, the standing committee concluded that Bishop Chalfant should resign.