- message from the bishop
Everything we do, everything we are and everything we aspire to be. Our love of the Bible, prayer, the Eucharist and our engagement with the world.
This Diocese has an extraordinary history and a dynamic future.
When people think of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, they think of the birth of the Episcopal Church, the founding of our Country, William White, Absalom Jones, the Philadelphia 11, justice and hope.
There is truly a revolutionary spirit in this diocese. As your bishop, my call is to be a shepherd, a pastor, to cast the vision, to plant the seeds and work in the field with you. To serve and empower you. And, most importantly, to love you.
Our purpose is to know Jesus and change the world. We can do that by proclaiming the Gospel, empowering our churches, and addressing the pain and poverty. We have the gifts, resources, people, and faith. Together we are change agents for Christ.
We are one body in Jesus Christ. Every day we journey together as a community. Let’s be co-creators in Christ, innovative, resourceful and faithful.
Let our work change the church. Let us embrace and welcome people into our communities and churches, support those that are vulnerable and address inequality. What starts here will indeed change the world – in his name — for the better.
Our future shines bright and we will thrive, not simply survive. We have Jesus Christ and we are called to make him known.
Everything we do begins continues and ends with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So, let’s make history together.
Your brother in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez
XVI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
The mystery of the Eucharist, contemplative prayer, scripture, pilgrimage and continually seeking the heart of Jesus Christ are spiritual foundations for Bishop Gutiérrez. “I long to be like the beloved disciple John; leaning against the chest of our Savior. Listening to his heartbeat. I am deeply, passionately in love with God. I have been transfixed and transformed by him through each step of my holy pilgrimage called life. His love, has left me speechless. In the words of that beloved disciple, “we love because he first loved us.” My heart seeks his heart. I am a clumsy but eager apprentice. I am most influenced by His words to Peter: "Feed my sheep." There is no greater calling than serving him and following this instruction with each action I take. I listen for him to whisper, ‘Come and See. Follow me!’” Then let us fall into the arms of Christ and listen to His heart.
The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez was ordained on July 16, 2016, as the 16th bishop of the historic Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, the second oldest and fourth largest in the Episcopal Church. After his initial “listening pilgrimage” across the Diocese, Gutiérrez focused on emphasizing the sacred presence of Jesus Christ and a call to holiness through a renewed focus on reverence, deep relationships, innovation, accountability and listening. He restructured the Diocesan offices to better serve its parishes without increasing the budget. He emphasizes the role of a Bishop as a Pastor to the clergy and a shepherd to the laity.
The mystery of the Eucharist, contemplative prayer, scripture, pilgrimage and continually seeking the heart of Jesus Christ are spiritual foundations for Bishop Gutiérrez. “I long to be like the beloved disciple John; leaning against the chest of our Savior. Listening to his heartbeat. I am deeply, passionately in love with God. I have been transfixed and transformed by him through each step of my holy pilgrimage called life. His love, has left me speechless. In the words of that beloved disciple “We love because he first loved us.” My heart seeks his heart. I am a clumsy but eager apprentice. I am most influenced by His words to Peter: ‘Feed my sheep.’ There is no greater calling than serving him and following this instruction with each action I take.. I listen for him to whisper, ‘Come and See. Follow me!’” Then let us fall into the arms of Christ and listen to His heart.
Before his calling as Bishop, Gutiérrez had a distinguished career in both The Episcopal Church and in public service in New Mexico. Rebuilding and growing churches were the hallmark of his time in key leadership positions at The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. At the request of the Presiding Bishop, he served in an administrative oversight position for the Episcopal Church in Navajoland, which included the Vice-Presidency of the Navajoland Economic Development Corporation.
His career in public service included serving as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Albuquerque and Director of Economic Development. More than 25,000 private sector jobs were created as a result of efforts to recruit new businesses and expand existing ones.
With his involvement in local, state, and national politics and extensive experience and expertise in government, Gutierrez also taught Political Consulting and Marketing as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico. In 1998, he founded a strategy, marketing, media, and political consulting company called Mensajes.
Throughout his years in public service and in the church, Gutiérrez has served as a board member for numerous national organizations. In 2018, he served as vice-chairperson of The Social Justice and International Policy Committee for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees for Episcopal Community Services, The Church Foundation and the Widows Corporation, and as a board member for The Church Farm School; Episcopal Academy; The Gathering of Leaders; and Forward Movement. He also is a trustee of the General Seminary of the Episcopal Church. In addition, Gutiérrez is a conferee of the Venerable Order of St. John, a co-convener of the Bishops United Against Gun Violence and the Religious Leaders Council of Philadelphia.
A native of New Mexico, Gutiérrez comes from a family that settled in the Land of Enchantment in the 1500s. He received a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History and a Master of Public Administration (concentration in budgeting), all from the University of New Mexico. While at the University of New Mexico, he was named a Graduate Scholars Fellow. Gutierrez earned a diocesan certificate in Anglican Studies through the Trinity School for Ministry and a Master in Theological Studies from St. Norbert College.
Aside from his faith, Gutiérrez counts as his most important role and greatest responsibility a position he assumed on June 26, 1998, when he became the extremely proud father of his son Jude, a junior at the University of New Mexico and member of ROTC who will be commissioned in the United States Army. It is a joy he shares with his wife, best friend, and partner of 28 years, Suzanne Fletcher Gutiérrez. The family shares in this joy with a household of dogs, turtles, pheasants, owls, and the other miscellaneous “pets” that wander through their lives.
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