NEW JERSEY: Sylvestre Romero named assisting bishop

August 2, 2007

Bishop Sylvestre D. Romero has been named assisting bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey effective October 1, 2007, New Jersey Bishop George Councell announced.

Romero was interim bishop in Diocese of El Camino Real in California for three years. Prior to that, he was bishop of Belize for 11 years. Romero was ordained a priest in 1974 and served churches in Guatemala and was also the Hispanic commissioner in El Camino Real. He was ordained bishop of Belize (formerly British Honduras) in 1993. Romero and his wife, Eva, have four adult children and three grandchildren.

"Bishop Romero's ministry will be that of a bishop," Councell said in a statement to the diocese. "He will share with me in the full schedule of visitations, confirmations, receptions and reaffirmations; of ordinations, institutions and in the pastoral care of the clergy and their families. In addition, he will have a leadership role in expanding the mission of the Diocese, working with the Board of Missions and among Hispanic populations and other cultures."

Based in Trenton, the Diocese of New Jersey is the second oldest diocese in the Episcopal Church with 53,100 Episcopalians and 159 churches in 14 of the state's 21 counties.

Councell, the diocese's only bishop, noted in his announcement, "This large jurisdiction requires and deserves more than one bishop."

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