In a letter addressed to the diocese, Bishop Breidenthal announced September 18 that he would retire effective the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020. The text of the letter is included below:

Dear Friends in Christ,

As many of you know, I have been spending time in a skilled nursing facility to regain my ability to walk after a long hospitalization. I am regaining my strength, and am beginning to walk unaided. For that I am very grateful to God and to all who have been praying for me. I am confident that I will be able to return to normal life sooner than later.

However, this experience has also given me much opportunity for reflection. It has become clear that it is time for me to retire, so that I can see to my own long-term health, and more importantly so that I can devote my attention to my family. To that end, I will officially retire as your Bishop on the First Sunday of Advent (November 29). There are many details to address, but rest assured that the Presiding Bishop’s office in conjunction with the Standing Committee will ensure a timely and smooth transition.

Please know that it has been such an honor to serve with you these past 13 years.  Our journey has been filled with many accomplishments and our fair share of disappointments.  In all this, I firmly believe, that our faith in the Lord has been strong and sincere, and that He will continue to make all things new.  You are a wonderful diocese and I look forward to hearing about the good news from the Diocese of Southern Ohio for many years to come.

Faithfully,

(The Rt. Rev.) Thomas E. Breidenthal, D. Phil
Bishop of Southern Ohio