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[ELO] Mary Gray-Reeves elected as third bishop of Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

From "Matthew Davies" <>
Date Sun, 17 Jun 2007 19:03:14 -0400

Episcopal News Service June 16, 2007

Mary Gray-Reeves elected as third bishop of Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

By Mary Frances Schjonberg

[Episcopal News Service] The Ven. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves was elected June 16 to be the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real (

Gray-Reeves, 44, archdeacon for deployment, Diocese of Southeast Florida (, was elected on the second ballot from a slate of four candidates (a fifth candidate, the Rev. Paige Blair, withdrew after the first ballot). An election on the second ballot required 103 votes of the 205 cast in the lay order and 58 of 114 votes cast in the clergy order. Gray-Reeves was elected with 163 lay votes and 91 clergy votes.

She becomes the 15th woman elected as a bishop of the Episcopal Church and she will be among the five youngest members of the House of Bishops.

The election took place at York School ( in Monterey, California.

Under the canons the Episcopal Church (III.11.4 ( 6.p df)), a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan Standing Committees must consent to Gray-Reeves' election and ordination as bishop.

Gray-Reeves is meant to succeed Bishop Richard Shimpfky who resigned at the end of March 2004, after leading the diocese for 14 years. Bishop Sylvestre Romero-Palma, formerly Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Belize (, has been serving as assisting bishop for the diocese.

The consecration is planned for November 10 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church ( in Saratoga, California.

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