Diocesan leadership changes in the Dominican Republic

November 5, 2017

The Rt. Rev. Julio César Holguín Khoury retired from the Diocese of the Dominican Republic Nov. 1, and the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota was installed as the next diocesan bishop. Photo: Diocese of the Dominican Republic

[Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic] The Rt. Rev. Julio César Holguín Khoury retired Nov. 1, after 26 years as diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Church of the Dominican Republic. Retired bishops, active and retired priests, deacons, parishioners from around the country, members of Holguín’s family, members of the board of directors of the Dominican Development Group, and other international visitors celebrated Holguín’s extraordinary ministry at a Holy Eucharist at La Catedral de la Epifanía in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, at 3 p.m. Nov 1. A reception followed the service in the adjacent parish hall.

The Rt. Rev. William J. Skilton, assistant bishop of the Dominican Republic (retired), preached the sermon giving tribute to Holguín’s remarkable accomplishments and spiritual leadership and remembering several amusing incidents during their many years of work together. Holguín, Skilton and the Rt. Rev. Telésforo Isaac celebrated the Eucharist at the altar decorated with arrangements of white roses, gladioli and daisies.

Dominican diocesan leadership changes hands, and both leaders are celebrated for their service. Photo: Diocese of the Dominican Republic

The Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota was installed as the diocesan bishop at a ceremony in La Catedral de la Epifanía at 10 a.m. Nov. 4. Quezada was elected during a special convention of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic July 25, 2015, and consecrated on Feb. 13, 2016. He has served as bishop coadjutor since that date. At the installation ceremony, the Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles, was the celebrant of the installation. The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, bishop of the Diocese of Honduras, was the preacher. A reception and luncheon on the grounds of the cathedral followed the installation.

Quezada is the third Dominican to serve as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic following the Rt. Rev. Telésforo Isaac (1972-1991) and Holguín (1991-2017). Quezada was ordained to the diaconate on August 15, 1982, and to the priesthood on May 22, 1983. He has served in many churches throughout the Dominican Republic since his ordination to the priesthood and has represented the diocese in meetings of Province IX of The Episcopal Church. Quezada is married to Mary Jeannette Pringle Quezada, and they have two adult children and a grandchild.

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