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Guatemalan Bishop Visits Diocese of Los Angeles to Forge Relationships for Future Ministry – Episcopal News Service

Bishop Silvestre Romero of Guatemala (fifth from right), along with Bishop John Harvey Taylor and Canon of the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy, meet with Hispanic clergy and those ministering in Spanish-speaking congregations in the diocese from Los Angeles.

[Diocese of Los Angeles] Multicultural ministry, the future of Latino/Latina ministry in the Episcopal Church, and immigration issues were among the topics explored by the Rt. Rev. Silvestre Romero, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Guatemala, during a visit to a week in the Diocese of Los Angeles which ended on May 15th.

Bishop John Harvey Taylor takes a selfie with Abel Lopez, rector of Messiah, Santa Ana; Canon to Ordinary Melissa McCarthy; Bishop Silvestre Romero of Guatemala; and Pat O’Reilly, vicar of St. George’s Church, Hawthorne during Romero’s recent visit to the Diocese of Los Angeles. Photo: John Taylor

Several members of the Los Angeles Diocese Border Ministries Committee who were Romero’s guests in February during a visit along the Central American “migrant route” welcomed the bishop during his visit. Among them were the Reverend Pat O’Reilly, curate of St. George’s Church, Hawthorne; and the Reverend Norma Guerra, associate for formation and transitions of the diocese, whose father, Armando Guerra Soria, is a retired bishop of the diocese of Guatemala, which is part of the Iglesia Anglicana of the Region Central de America, a province of the Church of England Communion.

Romero’s visit, he said, gave him an idea of ​​what could be done with cooperation between dioceses in the United States and Central America. “I am excited about the possibilities of what we can do with each other and for each other as we work for the common subject of justice, well-being and the love of God,” said Romero told diocesan staff at a luncheon in his honor May 12.

One possibility, according to O’Reilly, is the formation of a transnational church-based network to help provide assistance to migrants.

A food distribution program at St. Michael’s Ministry Center in Riverside was one of the ministries Romero visited during his time in the diocese. Photo: Kelli Grace Kurtz

Romero maintained a busy schedule during his visit, which began with a meeting with Taylor, the Diocese Refugee Committee and Troy Elder, Missionary for Migration Ministries for the Diocese of San Diego.

O’Reilly took Romero to Riverside to learn more about the work being done at the Episcopal facilities in the area: St. Michael’s Ministry Center, which has a food sharing program and is building a housing project. affordable; and All Saints’ Church, which also has an extensive food distribution program and helps organize a Laundry Love program, among other ministries. He and Reverend Kelli Grace Church, Rector of All Saints, discussed creative approaches to liturgy that reflect the local community.

Romero also visited St. Stephen’s Church in Hollywood and St. Be’s in Eagle Rock, where he met Reverend Jaime Edwards-Acton, founder of Episcopal Enterprises, and assistant priest Reverend Carlos Ruvalcaba. The Bishop met with staff from IRIS, the Diocese’s Ministry of Refugees and Immigration; spoke about social justice with Guillermo Torres of CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice); and met with Elder and the California Episcopal Public Policy Network.

Jaime Edwards-Acton and Romero discuss ministry at St. Stephen’s Church in Hollywood, where Edwards-Acton serves as rector.

The Right Reverend Tom Carey, Rector of Epiphany Church and Dean of Dean 4, showed Romero his church, which was a historic center of Chicano activity in the 1960s and 1970s. The bishop also visited the CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights); Careen, another immigrant rights organization; Jovenes Inc., a youth ministry founded by Reverend Richard Estrada of Epiphany; and Homeboys Industries, the gang intervention program founded by Roman Catholic priest Reverend Greg Boyle. Romero met with Latino clergy and the Reverend Anthony Guillén, a Hispanic missionary from the Episcopal Church. He worshiped with the Holy Spirit Fellowship congregation in the village of Atwater. He finished his busy itinerary by joining Taylor for a Saturday night gala in his honor at the Iglesia de la Magdalena in Glendale (which Taylor says has members from 12 different Central and South American countries) and preaching at the Church of the Messiah. , Santa Ana, Sunday.

Romero said he expects great things from the relationships he builds with the people of the Diocese of Los Angeles. “I can’t wait to see how this visit will turn out in a practical and tangible way.”

– Bishop John Harvey Taylor, Reverend Kelli Grace Kurtz and Reverend Pat O’Reilly contributed reporting for this story.