Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

Diocese of El Camino Real
CountryUnited States
TerritoryMonterrey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince VIII
Congregations40 (2022)
Members6,028 (2022)
DenominationEpiscopal Church
EstablishedJune 20, 1980
CathedralTrinity Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopLucinda Ashby
Location of the Diocese of El Camino Real
Location of the Diocese of El Camino Real

The Diocese of El Camino Real is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, located in northern and central California. The diocese includes the cities of San Jose (the see city), Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo. The diocese includes all Episcopal congregations in the counties of Santa Clara (except for some in Los Altos and Palo Alto), Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo.

El Camino Real is a member of Province 8, which comprises 17 dioceses and the Navajoland Area Mission in the western United States. There were 51 congregations and more than 16,000 members reported in 2003, down from 18,000 in 1994.[1] Diocesan offices are at the 1896-built Sargent House located at 154 Central Avenue, Salinas, California 93901.

Following the 2008 Lambeth Conference, the diocese established an informal triangular relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Gloucester in England and the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania.


The diocese, named for the historic El Camino Real, the King's Highway, was created from the Episcopal Diocese of California in 1980. The youngest Episcopal diocese in California, El Camino Real's cathedral, Trinity Cathedral in San Jose, built in 1863, is the oldest Episcopal cathedral in the state.

Bishop Richard L. Shimpfky resigned in March 2004 and the diocese was administered from 2005 until 2007 by Assisting Bishop Sylvestre Romero-Palma, formerly the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Belize.

On 10 November 2007, Mary Gray-Reeves was consecrated third bishop of the diocese.[2] Elected 16 June 2007, Gray-Reeves, 44, was previously archdeacon for deployment for the Diocese of Southeast Florida. She is the 15th female Episcopal bishop and the 1,022nd bishop in the American succession.

On 11 January 2020, Lucinda Ashby was consecrated fourth bishop of the diocese, the second female bishop to succeed a female bishop in Episcopal Church history. Ashby had previously served as canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Idaho, a position she held since 2011. She is the 1125th bishop in the American succession.

Bishops of El Camino Real[edit]

  1. C. Shannon Mallory (1980–1990)
  2. Richard L. Shimpfky (1990–2004)
    * Sylvester Romero Palma (Assisting) (2005–2007)
  3. Mary Gray-Reeves (2007-2020)
  4. Lucinda Ashby (2020- )

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile of the Diocese of El Camino Real: History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
  2. ^ EL CAMINO REAL: Mary Gray-Reeves ordained as diocesan bishop in festive celebration Archived 2007-11-14 at the Wayback Machine Posted 12 November 2007

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