The Rev. Canon Kathryn (Kai) Ryan was elected Feb. 22 as the western-region Suffragan Bishop of Texas. She was elected on the first ballot. Ryan, 54, has served as Canon to the Ordinary since 2014.

The other candidates were the Rev. Hannah E. Atkins Romero, rector, Trinity Church, Houston; and the Rev. Canon Glenice Robinson-Como, canon missioner for outreach and justice ministries, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston.

“I am so grateful to the search committee and the transition committee and all who have worked on this process over the past year,” Ryan said. “I especially want to thank Hannah, Glenice, and their families. I trust that God and you will teach me how to be the bishop that God and you need.”

Ryan has worked in four dioceses, and has represented the diocese at Provincial Synod and General Convention. She participated in the national Gathering of Leaders for young clergy and served nearly 15 years as rector of a in a culturally diverse parish.

Her consecration is scheduled for June 1 in Austin.

Adapted from the Diocese of Texas

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