Bishop Silvestre Romero has been installed at the new Bishop of Guatemala in a special service at St James cathedral in the capital, Guatemala City. Bishop Silvestre, who was consecrated as coadjutor bishop a year ago, succeeds Armando Guerra who has held office in the Church for more than 35 years.
“This past year, by the grace of God, I have been blessed in a transition process to take the leadership of the Episcopal Church of Guatemala,” Bishop Silvestre said. “Thanks to each of you who have accompanied me in this process, your prayers and presence have strengthened me”.
Guatemala is one of the five Anglican dioceses which make up the province of Central America (IARCA). The others are El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The primate of the province, Archbishop Julio Murray, attended the service. On Friday (30 November) Harold Dickson will be consecrated to serve as coadjutor bishop of Nicaragua.
Bishop Silvestre is the son of the former Bishop of Belize, Silvestre Romero Palma. Before being elected in Guatemala, he served in the Dioceses of Massachusetts and Spokane in the United States. He was also a member of the Executive Council of the US-based Episcopal Church. He is married with three children.