The Diocese of Pennsylvania has looked 1,700 miles southwest in electing its 16th bishop. A special convention elected the Rev. Canon Daniel G.P. Gutierrez, canon to the ordination the Diocese of the Rio Grande, on the fourth ballot. Gutierrez led in both clergy and lay orders on all four ballots.
Gutierrez has bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of New Mexico, a diocesan certificate in Anglican studies through Trinity School for Ministry, and a master of theological studies degree from St. Norbert College.
“The diocese has a story of pain, hope, endurance, and awakening that speaks of Christ present in our lives. This story is a testimony of the ‘ongoing incarnation’ of Jesus Christ. Things are being made new and new chapters are being written. Let’s tell a new story,” Gutierrez said in his election profile.
“Imagine if this diocese were to be known as the ‘come and see’ diocese — a place to encounter God through prayer, community, liturgy, and service. A place where the dignity of humanity was lifted up, and a place that shows how people love one another. A place where Christ is reflected in each person. ‘Come and see’ and you may want to join in this sacred story called the Diocese of Pennsylvania.”
The other nominees were:
- The Rev. W. Frank Allen, rector, St. David’s Church, Wayne, Pennsylvania
- The Rev. Canon John T.W. Harmon, rector, Trinity Church, Washington, D.C.
- The Rev. Martha N. Macgill, rector, Emmanuel Parish, Cumberland, Maryland
- The Rt. Rev. Dean E. Wolfe, Bishop of Kansas and vice president of the House of Bishops
Provisional bishops have led the diocese since the retirement of the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr., in December 2012. The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel III has served as provisional bishop since 2013. The Rt. Rev. Rodney R. Michel became assisting bishop in 2008.