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EL CAMINO REAL: Search begins for nominees of third bishop

[Episcopal News Service]  The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real has begun accepting nominations of candidates for its third bishop.

The diocese, formed in 1980, extends along the California coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo, encompassing the counties of Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Farming, technology, vineyards and resort areas are found in the diocese. Congregations worship in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Laotian, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Sudanese dialects and Lakota.

The diocesan profile is available here. It includes an assessment of the diocese, the diocese’s history, statistics and other data, a description of the qualities sought in the next bishop, a timeline for the process and a nomination form.

Bishop Richard Shimpfky resigned at the end of March 2004, after leading the diocese for 14 years.

In 1997, the House of Bishops Nominating Committee placed Shimpfky on the shortlist for Presiding Bishop. He served as chair of the General Convention Standing Commission on Anglican Peace and Justice Concerns, was on the Committee for the Pastoral Teaching on Human Sexuality, the Board of Governors of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, served as Council of Advice to two presiding bishops and was president of the board of The Witness magazine.