The Special Electing Convention of the Diocese of California elected The Rev. Austin K. Rios to be the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of California.
La convención especial de eleccion de la Diócesis de California ha elegido al Reverendo Austin K. Rios a ser el Noveno Obispo de la Diócesis de California.
Diocese of California elects the Rev. Austin K. Rios as its ninth bishop
Rios will be the diocese’s first Latino bishop
La Diócesis de California Elige al Reverendo Austin K. Rios el Noveno Obispo
Rios será el primer obispo Latino de la diócesis
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About the Episcopal Church in the Bay Area
The Episcopal Church in the Bay Area, formally known as the Diocese of California, is a diverse community of faith with congregations spread throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Approximately 18,000 baptized people form our 72 congregations. We are comprised of six deaneries (a geographical group of congregations): the Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Southern Alameda deaneries cover their respective counties; the Peninsula deanery consists of all of San Mateo County and a small portion of Santa Clara County.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus is our eighth bishop. Elected in 2006, he serves as the Episcopal Church in the Bay Area’s chief pastor and is charged with the apostolic work of leading, supervising, and uniting the churches of our diocese. Prior to his installation as Bishop of California, Andrus served as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.
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Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus, is a leading Episcopal voice for climate action. His faith-centered advocacy work includes leading the annual Episcopal Church delegation to the UN Climate Conference (COP).
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