Two Mission Bishops Consecrated in Mexico

Episcopal News Service. April 3, 1980 [80120]

MEXICO CITY -- Two suffragan bishops who will serve as missionaries were consecrated for the Diocese of Central and South Mexico on March 22, in the Cathedral of San Jose here.

Bishop Roberto Martinez-Resendiz will minister in the Hildalgo area while Bishop Claro Huerta-Ramos will be stationed in Vera Cruz. Both places are new frontiers of mission for the Episcopal Church.

Presiding Bishop John M. Allin was chief consecrator, assisted by Bishops Jose G. Saucedo of Central and South Mexico, Leonardo Romero of Northern Mexico and Melchor Saucedo of Western Mexico. The liturgy was in Spanish, including the sermon preached by the Presiding Bishop who has been studying that language.

In his sermon Bishop Allin noted that many bishops have been sent out as missionaries by the Church in years past, reminding the congregation that Christian mission is the responsibility and privilege of every baptized person.

Bishop A. Donald Davies of Dallas headed a delegation of clergy and lay people from that diocese, which has a companion diocese relationship with Central and South Mexico. Bishop Davies read the Gospel in English. It was read in Spanish by Bishop Jose A. Gonzalez of Cuba and in Zapoteco, an Indian dialect, by Zenobio Lorenzo of Vera Cruz. The Old Testament was read by Sir Norman Ernest Cox, Ambassador to Mexico from Great Britain, and the Epistle was read by Dr. Gonzalo Baez-Camargo.

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