A woman bishop for Cuba

Episcopal Life Online reports that the Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Church of Cuba.

Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop Fred J. Hiltz announced Jan. 22 that the Metropolitan Council of Cuba, which he chairs, has appointed the Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Church of Cuba.

Currently the rector of Santa Maria Virger in Itabo, Cuba, Delgado will be ordained and consecrated on Feb. 7 at the closing service for Cuba's synod meeting at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Havana, Hiltz said in a letter to the Cuban church.

Delgado will work with Bishop Miguel Tamayo of the Anglican Church of Uruguay as he completes his work as Cuba's interim bishop, Hiltz said, and a date will be set for her installation as diocesan bishop. Tamayo has served as interim bishop of Cuba for six years and plans to retire.

In making its choice, the council had asked for written responses from a number of candidates about their understanding of episcopal ministry, the challenges and opportunities facing the church in Cuba, and how they would embrace them through their leadership.

"A deep love for the Church in Cuba was evident in all of them," Hiltz said.

Delgado "has a lot of insight into the history of the church's witness in Cuban society," Hiltz said, predicting that she "will lead the church in the spirit of compassionate and courageous discipleship."

"She is committed to the ministry of all the baptized and to the principles of diverse and dispersed leadership," Hiltz wrote. "She is well aware of the need to give attention to stewardship of financial resources for maintaining ministry and mission. She recognizes the necessity for strategic planning including both short and long-term goals."

The announcement came five months after Cuba failed for the second time to elect a bishop coadjutor. After 13 inconclusive ballots were cast in September, the choice of a coadjutor fell to the council.

Comments (2)

This is interesting in light of the CoE difficulty in dealing with the subject of women in the episcopate. Wasn't the Latin culture always more male dominated than that of the Anglos? This certainly challenges that stereotype.

Yes Peter, but please remember, as stated in the article, this bishop elect had to be imposed on the Cuban Episcopal Church from the Metropolitan Council that guides it because the Cubans have failed twice to elect one of their own to be the bishop. This same council also chose a woman, the Revd Canon Nerva Cot Aguilera, to serve as bishop suffragan during deliberations in 2007. She was the first, and until now, the only woman to rise to the office of bishop in a latin Anglican church, although most latin Anglican churches have women deacons and priests. It was anticipated, at least rumored, that Cuba was perhaps ready to become two dioceses and that she, and her fellow appointed bishop suffragan, the Revd Ulises Mario Aguero Prendes, would possibly become the new diocesan bishops. This appointment seems to signal that Cuba is now not yet ready to take that step, for whatever reason.

So this is not the work of my fellow latinos per se. Although they may certainly embrace the decision that has been made for them. This is the work of the Metropolitan Council; the Most Revd Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori, primate of TEC. Normally the primate of the Church in the Province of the West Indies is also a member of the Metropolitan Council, but that primacy is currently vacant. Most recently that primate was the Most Revd Drexel Gomez, but he was unavailable to attend to his duties on the Council for the last number of years.

So this situation in Latin America I feel has no direct bearing or reflection on anything occurring in the CoE!

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