Highlights inside

  • Bishop Lucinda's Advent Message
  • Diocesan Advent Retreat
  • Storied Pilgrimage with Race Classes for 2023
  • And much more!

December 1, 2022

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Bishop Lucinda has recorded an Advent Message for 2022. Click the link to view in English or Español.
Diocese of El Camino Real Advent Retreat – You are invited to a diocese-wide Advent Retreat and we hope you will join us!  There will be three retreats, with the hope that one is happening near you.  On Saturday, December 3rd we will be at St. Francis in Willow Glen (San Jose), on Saturday, December 10th, we will be at St. Stephen's in San Luis Obispo, and on Saturday, December 17th, we will be at St. Paul’s/San Pablo in Salinas.  We will gather at 9:30am for worship, Bible study, and reflection.  You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal or computer, if you are someone who enjoys writing while reflecting. Lunch will be provided, and there is a $10 suggested donation to help with the cost of lunch, but this is not a required contribution.  The retreat will end by 3pm.  The theme of the day is “Courage in the Wilderness” and the retreat will be led by Canon Martha Korienek; on December 17th the retreat will be co-led with the Rev. Ale Trillos, and will be bilingual in English and Spanish.  Questions?  Please email Canon Martha at  To register, please click the image above.

La Diócesis del El Camino Real ofrecerá un retiro de Adviento (en español y en inglés)- Estas invitado(a) el sábado 17 de diciembre a St. Paul's/San Pablo en Salinas (1071 Pajaro Street). Esperamos que te unas a nosotros. Nos reuniremos a las 9:30am para adoración, estudio bíblico y reflexión. Se te pide que te vistas con ropa cómoda y traigas un cudernillo o tu computadora, si tu eres una persona que medita a traves de la escritura. Se proveera el almuerzo y se pide una contribucion de $10 dolares, no es requerido, tambien puedes traer tu propio emparedado. El retiro terminara a las 3 de la tarde. El tema del dia sera "Coraje en el desierto". Este restiro sera dirigido por la Rev. Canóniga Martha Korienek [inglés] y la Reverenda Alejandra "Ale" Trillos [español]. Si tienes preguntas, puedes escribirle a la Canon Martha a Para registrarte haga clic en la imagen de arriba.

Storied Pilgrimage with Race in 2023 

Storied Pilgrimage with Race is our diocesan anti-racism curriculum, which you can find on the diocesan website, HERE.  The completion of this program is required for all those in diocesan leadership, all clergy, and all Lay Eucharistic Visitors; it is strongly encouraged for those in parish leadership, such as staff and vestry.  All are welcome.

We will gather once each month in 2023 over Zoom and journey through the curriculum together.  There are two sessions, a morning session (9:30am to 11am) and an evening session (7pm to 8:30pm); you can indicate which session you're signing up for when you register. 

We will be meeting on: Jan. 25, Feb. 23, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 6.

To register, please click HERE.

The Canon to the Ordinary, Canon Martha Korienek, will be leading the sessions.  If you have any questions, you can email her at

Lay Preaching Course Applications Open for 2023 Cohorts in Spanish & English

The Diocese of El Camino Real School for ministry is now in partnership with the dioceses of Northern California and San Diego as The West Coast Collaborative. There are big plans for 2023 including the development and launch of a program for individuals preparing for ordination as Deacons. We are currently accepting applications for our course opening in the winter of 2023 to prepare individuals to apply for a Lay Preaching license. Similar to 2022, we are forming cohorts of students in Spanish and English and seeking adult learners of all ages and educational backgrounds who are actively involved in ministry in their congregations and demonstrate gifts in lay leadership. Haga clic aquí para obtener información en español.

How do I apply?
  1. Click the link for more infomation and to fill out the online application in English or Español
  2. Request a letter of recommendation from your Rector/Vicar/Priest in Charge

Questions? Contact The Rev. Katherine B. Doar, School for Ministry Dean, Diocese of El Camino Real at
Child Tax Credit - The Child Tax Credit is one of the most effective tools to address child poverty. Reauthorizing a CTC that benefits all families – not just those who pay a sufficient amount in taxes – will help the most vulnerable children. Write your Representative and Senators and urge them to support a refundable, monthly Child Tax Credit.
Support permanent protections for Afghans and Dreamers! TWO ALERTS Urge your members of Congress to pass two pieces of legislation that would help provide protections for Afghans in the United States, and for Dreamers, those who came to the United States as children but who do not have permanent legal status.
Native American Heritage Month Read on about our efforts to address the historical trauma caused by Indian boarding schools and protecting Oak Flat from mining, and learn how you can take action.

Episcopal Relief & Development Partners with The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe to Aid Ukrainian Refugees

The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, the European presence of The Episcopal Church, has a long history of ministry to refugees dating back to before World War I. Since the late 1980s, the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) – based at Saint Paul’s Within the Walls in Rome – has provided direct service to refugees from countless countries, helping them rebuild shattered lives. 

Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund will help the organization and its partners continue to provide assistance to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine.
For more information about The Episcopal Migration Ministries and Episcopal Relief and Development programs to help aid Ukraine please click the name of the organization above or go to

St. Paul's-San Pablo Episcopal Church in Salinas is holding a Christmas Pop Up Event

Join us on Sunday, December 4th from 10am - 3:00pm. You can host a sales table for a $25 donation fee. There is limited space available, so if you are interested in participating please fill out an application as soon as possible by clicking here.

Music & Mulled Wine at Saint Mary's By The Sea!

You’re invited to attend a holiday concert of the great masters of German organ music performed by Nicholas Mourlam followed by a festive reception with Glühwein (mulled wine) on Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 pm at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (146 12th Street in Pacific Grove).
Tickets ($20) are available for either in-person or private link LiveStream at, or contact the church office at (831) 373-4441.

Bishop Lucinda's Schedule





  Bishop Visit to Church Divinity
School of the Pacific

  Ending of a Pastoral Relationship for
the Rev. Shelley Denney at the
Episcopal Church in Almaden
11   St. James, Paso Robles
18   All Saints, Carmel
24   All Saints/Cristo Rey
24 - Jan 2
  Office Closed for Christmas
and New Year’s

Job Opportunities

The Diocese of El Camino Real is looking for a Human Resources, Finance, and Insurance Administrator at the Sargent House office in Salinas. Please click to read the job description in English and Español. For more information or to submit a resume and cover letter, please contact Kirstin Nielsen, Bishop’s Assistant at:

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church seeks a Director of Music/Organist to establish and maintain a robust and inspiring music program that incorporates corporate worship and invites broad participation by the choir and congregation. Click here to see the job description.

St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove, is seeking a Children, Youth, and Family Minister. Read the job description via the link for the position.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Mountain View seeks a temporary parish bookkeeper to cover a period of parental leave for three months starting in December. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two references to Click here to see the job description.
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