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The Living ChurchApril 6, 1997After Long Wait, Virgin Islands Elects Bishop 214(14) p. 8

The Rev. Theodore Daniels III was elected fourth Bishop of the Virgin Islands on the first ballot March 12 at St. George's Church, Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands.

Fr. Daniels, 52, has been rector of Calvary Church, Washington, D.C., since 1992. Fr. Daniels received 41 of the possible 53 votes from lay delegates and seven of the possible 11 clergy votes.

Two other persons were nominated. The Rev. Joseph Carr received 10 lay and one clergy vote, and the Rev. Rene Somodevilla had two lay and three clergy votes.

The Diocese of the Virgin Islands has been without a bishop since 1994, when the Rt. Rev. E. Don Taylor resigned to become Assistant Bishop of New York. An attempt to elect in 1996 was unsuccessful. The Rt. Rev. Telesforo Isaac has served as interim bishop during recent months.

Fr. Daniels is a native of Panama. He is a graduate of Florida State University and the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Caribbean. He has been assistant at Christ Church, Colon, Panama, and St. Christopher's, Panama City, and was priest-in-charge of five missions, and rector of St. Christopher's, Lefevre, in the Diocese of Panama.

He was rector of St. Luke's, Columbia, S.C., 1980-86, rector of Holy Redeemer, Landover Hills, Md., 1986-92, and moved to the Washington parish in 1992.

While in Panama, Fr. Daniels was active in Province 9. He has been a member of the board of trustees of Voorhees College, an associate of the Order of St. Luke, and a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

He and his wife, Christina, are the parents of two sons, Theodore and Christopher.