[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians and invited guests from across Ecuador and The Episcopal Church gathered March 30 at the Philanthropic Society in Guayaquil to welcome and celebrate the ordination and consecration of the Rt. Rev. Cristóbal León Lozano as the Diocese of Litoral Ecuador’s third bishop.
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, led the ceremony as chief consecrator. Installation followed on March 31 at the Cathedral Church of Christ the King [Cristo Rey] in Guayaquil.
Elected on Aug. 4, León succeeds the Rt. Rev. Alfredo Morante España, who served the diocese for 23 years.
Assisting the presiding bishop as co-consecrators were Morante; the Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutiérrez, bishop of Pennsylvania, the Rt. Rev. Andy Dietsche, bishop of New York, the Rt. Rev. Rafael Morales, bishop of Puerto Rico, the Rt. Rev. Julio Holguin, retired bishop of the Dominican Republic, and the Rt. Rev. Wilfredo Ramos-Orench.
A reception to meet and greet Morante and Curry was held following the ceremony.
León was ordained priest on March 22, 1998 and was the archdeacon of Manabí before becoming bishop. He is married to Chila, and they have three children: Rocío, Jaime and Shirley.