[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota has been elected as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church.
Quezada, 58, rector of Jesus Nazareno and Good Samaritan mission churches in San Francisco de Macoris, was elected on the second ballot out of a field of four nominees.
He received 23 votes of 35 cast in the lay order and 29 of 48 cast in the clergy order. An election on that ballot required 19 in the lay order and 25 in the clergy order.
The election was held July 25 during the diocese’s extra-ordinary convention at The Cathedral Church of the Epiphany in Santo Domingo.
Pending a successful consent process, Quezada will succeed the Rt. Rev. Julio Cesar Holguin upon his retirement.
Under the canons (III.11.3) of The Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees must consent to Quezada’s ordination as bishop coadjutor within 120 days of receiving notice of the election.
Biographical information on the bishop coadjutor-elect is here.
Pending the required consents, Quezada will be ordained and consecrated as the bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in February 2016 in Santo Domingo. The bishop coadjutor will serve with Holguin until his retirement, which according to The Episcopal Church’s Constitution (Article II, Section 1) must take place within 36 months of the consecration of the bishop coadjutor.
The other nominees were the Rev. P. Salvador Patrick Ros Suarez, 59, rector, Church of the Good Shepherd, Rahway, New Jersey, Diocese of New Jersey; the Rev. Ramon Antonio Garcia De Los Santos, 50, vicar of Misiones San Lucas and La Anunciacion in Santiago, a school principal and archdeacon in the north region of the country; and the Rev. Daniel Samuel, 58, vicar of Misiones Santa Maria Virgen, Divina Gracia and San Cornelio, and a school principal.