Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Announces Election of New Bishop

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The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania announces the election of Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez, Canon to the Ordinary, The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, as the new bishop of the diocese.

The Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez was elected today, March 12, 2016. Pending confirmation by a majority of the house of bishops of the Episcopal Church and by a majority of the Diocesan Standing Committees in the church, Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez will be consecrated on July 16, 2016.

“With joy and thankfulness to God, we announce that Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez has been elected Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. He brings unique gifts to this ministry of leadership and pastoral presence in a time of change. We look forward to our shared ministry and commitment to serving Jesus Christ in this diverse and dynamic Diocese,” says The Rev. Katherine Andonian, the chair of the Diocesan Standing Committee and the Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville.

The Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez answered “I give thanks to Christ, through Him, all things are made new. We begin a new and hopeful journey in this beloved place. I am humbled and grateful that you have allowed me into your lives.  I will never take for granted this sacred trust you have placed in me. I offer myself to you as a loving shepherd, caring servant, and faithful sojourner.”

“My excitement is in you and the possibilities to come. We have numerous gifts in this Diocese and together we will build the Kingdom of God, hand in hand, hand by hand. Let’s work together so the Diocese of Pennsylvania is known as the “come and see” diocese. A place we encounter God through prayer, community, liturgy and service. Where we lift the dignity of humanity and show how we love one another. A place where Christ is reflected in one another,” said The Rev. Canon Gutierrez.

The Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez, Canon to the Ordinary, The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande

The Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez, a priest of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, is canon to the ordinary, chief operating officer, and chief of staff for the diocese, which is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of his role in diocesan leadership, he also serves as executive director of the diocesan conference and retreat centers, and he oversees all aspects of ministry, human resources, budgeting, funds and investments, and capital campaigns within the diocese. He also serves the Episcopal Church through administrative and budgetary oversight of the Navajoland Area Mission and is vice president of the Episcopal Church in Navajoland Economic Development Corporation.

Before Gutierrez was named to his current position in 2011, he had an extensive career in public service — including serving as chief of staff to the mayor of Albuquerque and as director of the Bernalillo County Economic Development Department. He also was president of a strategy and media firm whose clients included state and local political leaders.

Gutierrez was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood in 2008, both in the Diocese of the Rio Grande, and subsequently he served at the Cathedral Church of St. John and at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Albuquerque. After joining the diocesan staff, he was called to rebuild two struggling parishes, serving them as vicar and rector.

Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in history and political science in 1987 and a master of arts in public administration in 1992. In 2007, he earned a diocesan certificate in Anglican studies through the Trinity School for Ministry, and in 2011, he was awarded a master of theological studies degree from St. Norbert College.

Gutierrez has been married since 1991 to Suzanne Fletcher Gutierrez, and they have one son, Jude, a junior at The Bosque School, a college preparatory high school.

The election slate was the result of a nine month search process conducted by a Discernment Committee comprised of lay and clergy members from across the Pennsylvania diocese and reporting to the Diocesan Standing Committee.

“For nearly one year, the committee worked tirelessly to discern and present a group of candidates who would be appropriately qualified to serve as our next Bishop,” added The Rev. Andonian.  “We believe the committee recognized the very real challenges that we face in a time of rapid changes and emerging issues.”

There were four meetings in which all members of the Diocese were invited to meet the candidates. It was essential for each voting participant at the Call Convention today, March 12, to attend at least one of these meetings.

Clergy and Parish Diocesan Convention delegates chose a candidate to call at the Call Convention at the Cathedral today, March 12. Each clergy person and each parish had a vote (upon which the lay delegate from that parish must agree). This Call must be confirmed by a majority of the Standing Committees and Bishops of the Episcopal Church.

The consecration of the new bishop is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, at New Covenant Church, in Germantown, with the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, presiding.

Bishop Clifton Daniel, 3rd has faithfully served as the bishop of the Diocese following the retirement of the previous Bishop Diocesan and will continue to serve until the election and consecration of a new Bishop Diocesan.

For more information about the search for the Diocesan Bishop, please visit www.diopabishopsearch.com.

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The Diocese of Pennsylvania is the second oldest diocese in the Episcopal Church. This historic diocese is comprised of 135 worshiping congregations located in the southeast portion of the state, throughout Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, & Chester counties. For more information about the Diocese of Pennsylvania, please visit www.diopa.org.