Bishop Vono on the election of Bishop-elect Gutierrez

A letter recently sent by Bishop Vono to the Diocese of the Rio Grande …


            Bishop Vono                                                                           Canon Raney

For us in the Diocese of the Rio Grande the election of Canon Daniel Gutierrez+ as Bishop-Elect of Pennsylvania is one of those moments at which we pause to acknowledge the Lord’s call to new ministry. Canon Daniel+ will be consecrated Bishop of the Church of God on July 16, 2016. We will keep him, Suzanne and Jude close to us in our prayers and expressions of love. While distance may separate us, Daniel+ will always be New Mexico’s native son and this Diocese’s exemplary Canon to the Ordinary.

Every ministry of the baptized in the Christian community is subject to the will and purpose of God in building up the Kingdom Jesus revealed. For our Diocese, as well as the Diocese of Pennsylvania, life has changed not ended. Our sense of a new beginning is an ending and this ending is yet a new beginning! A new thing is happening for both dioceses. We now thank God for the time we had with Canon Daniel+ and for the many gifts and talents he shared with us in the past five years to build up God’s Kingdom in New Mexico and Far West Texas. We send Canon Daniel+ to Pennsylvania with our love and gratitude, and we entrust our future life in this Diocese to the Lord’s purpose. As the prophecy of Joel assures us, the Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon the whole church and new visions will be seen through the eyes of our faith. “Look! … So it is to be.”

Therefore, throughout this Pentecost season I pray that we will continue to be inspired and fired up in every congregation in the Diocese of the Rio Grande by proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel and Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Church is called to embrace the visions of Christ’s redemptive love in the world and to be an incarnate example of God’s transformative love in serving and caring for all people.

This church season is life giving because it begins with the assurance of a bold witness of apostolic faith and action. Just as the Holy Spirit of the Living God was poured out upon the church’s first followers, so also today are we empowered and guided by the same Holy Spirit “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty!”

Pentecost Blessings upon each and everyone one of you!

Your Bishop,


The Rt.Rev. Michael L. Vono – Bishop

Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande


 Canon Raney to replace Bishop-elect Gutierrez

Canon Rev. Raymond Raney of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Edgewood was recently named Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. He has served at Holy Cross since February 2007.

Raney is set to replace The Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez as CATO. Gutierrez was recently named Bishop-Elect of Pennsylvania.

“Nobody can replace Daniel. He has a skill set that nobody else has,” Raney said.

According to the Episcopal News Service Gutierrez essentially serves as the chief operating officer and chief of staff for the Diocese of the Rio Grande. 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.


Canon Gutierrez elected Bishop of Diocese of Pennsylvania

DanielGutierrezHeadshot400dpi[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez, canon to the ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, was elected March 12 to be the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Gutierrez was elected on the fourth ballot, receiving 100 votes in the lay order and 133 in the clergy order. On that ballot, 84 lay votes and 130 clergy votes were needed for an election. The electing convention met at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

Confirmed by a majority of the church’s House of Bishops and by a majority of the Diocesan Standing Committees in the church, Gutierrez will be ordained and consecrated July 16 at New Covenant Church in the Germantown area of Philadelphia.

“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.

Gutierrez 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, Our Lady in the Valley, Albuquerque, and St. Francis Episcopal Church, Rio Rancho.

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 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.

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

Consecration Details

The Diocese of Pennsylvania has announced that the Consecration for Bishop Elect Gutierrez will be at 11:00 a.m. at New Covenant Church, 7500 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119, on Saturday, July 16 with a reception immediately following on the grounds of the church.

Transportation will be provided for out of town guests who are staying at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

Bishop Daniel Gutierrez will preach at the historic Christ Church on Sunday, July 17. Christ Church is within walking distance of the Hilton, and all are invited to attend.