In a unanimous voice vote, deputies admitted the Diocese of Venezuela into the Episcopal Church Tuesday (A142). Bishops concurred with the resolution Wednesday.
Because the diocese still must take several steps to fulfill the requirements of full membership, including conforming its constitution and canons with the constitution and canons of the Episcopal Church, the diocese was not permitted to seat a deputation immediately, as Puerto Rico did earlier in the week. But Venezuela will return with a full deputation at the next Convention.
“Thank you for admitting us into the plenary,” said Francisco Salazar,Venezuela’s deputy, speaking through a translator. The Diocese of Venezuela was a chaplaincy of the British from 1834 until 1982" before coming an extra-provincial diocese to Province IX.