New Bishop Search

Steven and Tricia Tighe Portrait
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Thank you for looking graciously upon this diocese, for choosing a Bishop to be for us a faithful pastor who will preach the Gospel, care for your people, equip us for ministry, and lead us forth in fulfillment of the Great Commission; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Anglican Diocese of the Southwest (ADSW) joyfully announces the selection of The Reverend Canon Steven Tighe as Bishop-elect. Fr. Steven was selected during ADSW’s Special Called Electing Synod on Saturday, December 12, 2020 after a 10-month long discernment process of praying, profile-writing, interviewing, vetting, and meeting finalists through virtual walkabouts.


The Anglican Diocese of the Southwest is made up of 26 congregations in southern Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and throughout the country of Mexico.


Fr. Steven Tighe has been the ACNA Canon for Youth Ministry since 2016. He has decades of ministry experience with youth and for youth, mobilizing those who serve them throughout the United States and Mexico. Hailing from the Anglican Diocese of the Southwest, Fr. Steven has served in a variety of ministries over many years in El Paso, Texas. During his first address as Bishop-elect, he said, “I am grateful and honored and so looking forward to working together and figuring out what God has for us!”


We are praying earnestly and invite your prayers for Canon Steven and his wife, Tricia, as they move into this new season of ministry.
Please continue to pray for the ADSW!
  • the Lord's mission for our diocese to be carried out fervently and joyfully
  • Bishop-elect Steven Tighe and his wife, Tricia
  • Fr. Jack Estes and his wife, Jenny and their willingness to follow the Lord and sacrifice during the discernment process
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Canon 6 The Office and Election of a Bishop

Section 1. The Bishop's Calling

A Bishop is called by God and the Church to be a shepherd who feeds the flock entrusted to his care.  A Bishop is an overseer of the flock and as such is called to propagate, to teach, and to uphold and defend the Faith and Order of the Church.  The Bishop should not lord his office over those entrusted to his care, but be an example of a servant minister to the flock. By the tradition of Christ' s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church Bishops are consecrated for the whole Church and are successors to the Apostles through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Bishops are the chief pastors of the Diocese and the administrators of Godly discipline and governance.

Section 2. Criteria for Bishops

To be a suitable candidate for Bishop, a person should:

  • Be a person of prayer, a student of God 's word, and of mature faith·
  • Be genuine in the practice of Godly moral character and conduct;
  • Have a zeal for winning souls, and for making disciples for Christ;
  • Have demonstrated evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in his life;
  • Possess the leadership and teaching gifts needed to fulfill the office;
  • Be respected for evidencing Godly pastoral leadership;
  • Have demonstrated the ability to lead, establish, and grow the Church; and
  • Be a male presbyter at least 40 years of age.