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Bishops visiting Cuba

In the wake of improving relations with Cuba, the Episcopal Church there recently voted in its synod to reaffiliate with the Episcopal Church (see our story here).  And this past week, a dozen bishops visited Cuba as a beginning of the journey towards reconciliation.

From the El Paso Times:

The Rev. Michael L. Vono, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, is one of 12 Episcopal bishops from the continental U.S. who left for Cuba on Tuesday. “In this new day of relationships with the U.S. and Cuba, we are endeavoring to re-energize the relationship between our church’s dioceses,” Vono said in a statement. The group was invited by Cuba’s episcopal bishop, Griselda Delgado del Carpio.

As a border diocese, the Rio Grande has worked tirelessly to build bridges of ministry to Mexico. It pleases me to make this trip to build our hopes for ministries in Cuba,” Vono said.

Bishop R. William Franklin of the diocese of Western New York is also going, explaining that the delegation is made up of  bishops who were ordained in the same year as the Bishop of Cuba, the Rt Rev Griselda Delgado del Carpio.

The bishops making the trip are:

  • The Right Rev. David Bailey – Diocese of Navajoland
  • The Right Rev. Martin Field – Diocese of West Missouri
  • The Right Rev. Scott Hayashi – Diocese of Utah
  • The Right Rev. Mark Lattime – Diocese of Alaska
  • The Right Rev. Daniel Martins – Diocese of Springfield
  • The Right Rev. James Magness – Armed Services & Federal Ministries
  • The Right Rev. Michael Milliken – Diocese of Western Kansas
  • The Right Rev. Rayford Ray – Diocese of Northern Michigan
  • The Right Rev. John Smylie – Diocese of Wyoming
  • The Right Rev. Michael Vono – Diocese of Rio Grande
  • The Right Rev. Terry White – Diocese of Kentucky


posted by Jon White



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Philip Snyder

I recognize one of the Deacons there. Marta (2nd to our right of the Bishop) is a Deacon in Cuba whom I met on a Deacon’s Mission trip to Peru back in 2007. The Bishop of Peru had asked the Dioceses of Dallas, Argentina, and Cuba to send deacons to a conference/mission trip to help spread awareness of the diaconate in Peru. There were two highlights to the trip. The first was a conference on discerning a call to the diaconate where we anticipated about 30 people and over 70 showed up – all the deacons there got to speak on how they discerned their own calls. The second was an ordination to the Diaconate of a woman in Peru. All the visiting deacons present got to vest and take part in the ceremony. Some read readings, some attended the Bishop and the rest distributed the Bread and Wine in different locations. It was a wonderful trip.

Yamily bass choate

I am happy to see Bishops of the Episcopal Church visiting and validating Cuba. The Diocese of Cuba is growing under the leadership of The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Capio. I love our yearly youth visits and cherish the relationship between Christ Church Bronxville, San Andres in Yonkers and the Diocese of Cuba.

simone king

I hope everyone has a chance to visit-been many times and love our Cuban church family

Whit Johnstone

1. I’m hoping that when the bishops go they carry a check for each Cuban priest the church pension fund owes money to.

2. It would have made more sense to pick all of the bishops who were fluent in Spanish rather than all of the bishops consecrated in the same year as Doña Obispo Delgado del Carpio.

Personally, I’m hoping that I can get to Cuba while it’s still unspoiled and reasonably priced, before it becomes an undergraduate spring break destination.

jon white

As to point two, this group was invited by the Right Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, so let’s assume the good bishop knew what she was doing. As to point one; hopefully this is the beginning of a process to make right such things

David Allen

¡Vaya con Dios, Reverendisimos!

Hermano David

Leonardo Ricardo

I wanna go too!

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