[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Francisco Manuel Moreno, bishop of the Diocese of Northern Mexico, was elected primate of Anglican Church of Mexico on June 14 during the church’s seventh General Synod.
Thirty-five delegates and bishops were eligible to vote for their new primate, with 24 votes, or a two-thirds majority, required for election. Moreno, one of two candidates, was elected on the third ballot. The other candidate was Bishop Benito Juarez-Martinez of the Diocese of Southeastern Mexico.
The Anglican Church of Mexico and the U.S.-based Episcopal Church have been in a covenant relationship since 1875. In 1995, the Anglican Church of Mexico became an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion.
“It was an honor to attend the VII General Synod of the Anglican Church of Mexico and bring greetings from the Episcopal Church and affirm our partnership. Bishop Touché-Porter served as Primate with distinction, and I look forward to getting know the newly-elected Primate, Bishop Moreno,” said President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, in an e-mail to ENS.
Jennings, the Rev. Glenda McQueen, the Episcopal Church’s officer for Latin American and the Caribbean; the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillen, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for Hispanic and Latino Ministries; and Bishop Jim Ottley Church Pension Group’s field representative for Latin America, are attending the church of Mexico’s General Synod.
Moreno will remain the bishop of Northern Mexico and will replace the Most Rev. Carlos Touché-Porter as primate. Touche-Porter will remain the bishop of the Diocese of Mexico.