The Rev. Rafael Morales, right, shares a laugh at the Diocese of Puerto Rico’s election assembly. • Photo gallery, Parroquia Santa María Magdalena, Levittown, Puerto Rico

Adapted from Episcopal News Service

The Diocese of Puerto Rico elected the Rev. Rafael Morales as its 8th bishop on Dec. 10.

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Morales, who was ordained a priest in mid-2011, is the rector of Parroquia Santa María Magdalena in Levittown.

He was elected on the third ballot during an election assembly held at the Lions Club of Bayamón. The bishop-elect’s ordination and consecration is scheduled for July 22.

The other nominees were:

  • The Rev. Carla Roland Guzmán, Diocese of New York
  • The Rev. César Ramírez Segarra, Diocese of Puerto Rico
  • The Rev. Luis Fernando Padilla Morales, Diocese of Puerto Rico

The Rt. Rev. Wilfrido Ramos Orench has served as provisional bishop since March 2014.

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