Episcopal News Service. May 4, 1995 [95082V]

The Rev. Orlando Guerrero was recently elected the next bishop of Venezuela. Guerrero was elected on the first ballot at a special diocesan convention held at the Church of St. Paul, in Caripe in eastern Venezuela. Guerrero, who assumed the administration of the diocese on April 19, replaced Bishop Onell Soto, who started as assistant bishop of Atlanta on May 1 and will be officially installed on June 18. Soto wrote, "I am very happy that at last Venezuela has a native bishop (I was born in Cuba). Orlando will face many challenges and I hope that you will support him and his ministry as you have done with me. . . . He is a devout Christian and a very likeable person."

Lynn Collins, rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in East Cleveland, Ohio, has been named Black Ministries officer for the Episcopal Church. Before joining St. Paul's, Collins was the Diocese of Ohio's Jubilee Ministries urban intern. Margaret Larom, former information officer for the Partnerships Office and then editor at the National Council of Churches' Friendship Press, is the new officer for mission interpretation in the office for Anglican and Global Relations. Jeffrey Penn, former assistant news director at the Episcopal News Service, is now assistant director of public affairs at College Boards in New York, a non-profit organization representing American colleges and universities, commonly associated with the SAT tests taken by college applicants. Lloyd Casson, former vicar at Trinity Church, Wall Street, and currently rector at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New York, is the new Social Justice Staff Officer for the Episcopal Church.