Bethlehem Pike & Camp Hill Rd
Whitemarsh Township, PA 19034
A dinner and event hosted by the Rev. Marek Zabriskie and prepared by Chef José Garces in honor of Bishop Griselda of Cuba. She will speak about the ministry and the challenges facing the Episcopal Church of Cuba, as the Episcopal Church of Cuba rejoins the Episcopal Church of the United States. Come to the dinner and learn how to transform Christianity in Cuba.
This event arranged by Daniel Love “In Your Service Events” at HOPE Whitemarsh. Cocktails at 6:30pm and dinner with Cuban Music at 7pm – $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door.
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The Rt. Rev. Dr. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio, Episcopal Bishop of Cuba
Born to a respected patents lawyer and a loving homemaker in 1955 in La Paz, Bolivia, Maria Griselda Delgado del Carpio was educated at the Instituto Americano’s Methodist High School. She next attended the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz, graduating in 1981 with a degree in sociology. In 1982 Ms. Delgado moved to Cuba to enter the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas, Cuba.
Griselda remained in Cuba and was ordained as a deacon in 1986. Shortly thereafter, she arrived at Itabo, Cuba, a small town with little acquaintance of Jesus Christ, to serve at a church property, with crumbling walls and no roof, known as Santa Maria Virgen. Working from a small house across the street, Deacon Griselda began introducing the townspeople to the love and hope of Christ. In 1991 Bishop Emilio Hernandez ordained Deacon Griselda as an Episcopal priest in a ceremony of ordinations that included two other women, the first three women priests of the Episcopal Church of Cuba. She continued at Santa Maria Virgen as Rectora for the next 20 years, inspiring the congregation of Santa Maria Virgen to work together to build their town temple back proud and strong, to build a self-sustaining community system of agro-ecological farms on and around the church, and to build their relationships with each other and with God.
In September 2009, the Cuban church, for the second time, failed to elect a bishop coadjutor. After 13 inconclusive ballots were cast, the choice of a coadjutor fell to the Metropolitan Council of Cuba (Primate Bishops from USA, Canada and West Indies), which Council has governed the Cuban church in matters of faith and order since its 1967 post-Revolution separation and autonomy from the U.S.-based Episcopal Church. On February 7, 2010, The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio was consecrated as bishop coadjutor for the Diocese of Cuba and was installed later that year on November 28 as diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Church of Cuba at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Havana. She became the first woman to serve in that role as diocesan bishop of Cuba.
At the time of her consecration as bishop, the Cuban church included about 40 congregations and some 6,000 Episcopalians. “La Obispa,” as she is affectionately known, is the proud mother of three now-grown children: Griselda Edith, Lautaro, and Marcela Beatriz. She is married to Cuban-born Gerardo Logildes Coroas, a building contractor, who was recently ordained as an Episcopal priest and now serves not only as priest at the Bishop’s former parish in Itabo but also as Project Supervisor of Camp Blankingship near Santa Clara, Cuba.
At the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in 2015 and on behalf of the Episcopal Church and Diocese of Cuba, Bishop Delgado presented its Petition to rejoin The Episcopal Church of the USA. The General Convention accepted the idea of reuniting the isolated and autonomous Diocese of Cuba with ECUSA and established a Task Force to study the feasibility of such action. The Task Force will be reporting its findings at the General Convention of 2018.
In May 2017, the General Theological Seminary in New York City conferred upon Bishop Griselda a Doctorate of Divinity, honoris causa. She will be honored again with a second Honoaray Doctorate Degree from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in October 2017.