Bishop Smith sent the following letter to the Diocese after the election of the Presiding Bishop on Saturday, June 27, 2015
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am very pleased for The Episcopal Church with the election of my friend Michael Curry as the 27th Presiding Bishop.
I am also greatly relieved after living through this wonderful honor of being nominated as a candidate for Presiding Bishop that I am coming home to the diocese I love, the Diocese of Southwest Florida.
I want to extend my great thanksgiving for all the continued prayers and support that I have received from so many colleagues, friends and constituents in our great Diocese.
The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith
Fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida