So What’s Episcopal?

  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • Lay people exercise a vital role in our governance and ministry, and both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.
  • We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous; there is grace after divorce and the sacraments are not denied those divorced or remarried.

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The Diocese of the Rio Grande was formed in 1952 by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church from the Missionary District of New Mexico and Southwest Texas.

The Diocese encompasses 154,000 square miles of the State of New Mexico and Far West Texas from the Pecos River to the border with Mexico along the Rio Grande.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Vono serves as Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande and its 63 congregations, and spiritual leader for the 15,000 members of the Diocese.

Map of churches in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande

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