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EL CAMINO REAL: November 17 is deadline for bishop nominee applications



[Episcopal News Service]  November 17 is the deadline for nominees to be considered as candidates for the third bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real.

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.

The link to the diocese's bishop search website is In addition to the diocesan profile, the site contains nomination and nominee application forms, and instructions for applications.

The electing convention is scheduled for June 16, 2007.

"This was a spirit-filled convention and a unifying time for the diocese," the diocesan Standing Committee said in a statement to ENS on November 1 about its October 21 convention. "We came together with a sense of trust and willingness to move ahead. We spent much of the past year meeting with each other discussing the pros and cons of each issue. The votes on structure and funding were overwhelmingly in favor of each option that won. We have been able to hear each other's views, share our own, and come together in a common vision. This is an exciting time for the diocese as we move forward with choosing a bishop who will help us continue the journey."

A synopsis of the convention results is available here.

The Rt. Rev. Sylvestre Romero-Palma, formerly bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Belize, is the assisting bishop for the diocese.

"I am proud to be a member of this diocese, not because it is a perfect diocese, but because it is alive and well," Romero told the convention in his address. "It does not mean that we are 100 percent healthy, but we are alive and well enough to have the strength to serve the Lord as we are and to know that our health comes from the true Vine, Jesus Christ himself, who gives it to us. While I am proud to be a part of this Diocese, I am aware that our journey of effective ministry is still challenging and has room for improvement, yet we must not lose pace or fall into the trap of letting go of the source of life."

The full text of Romero's address is available here.

The third bishop of the diocese will succeed Bishop Richard Shimpfky, who resigned at the end of March 2004, after leading the diocese for 14 years.