The Search for the Ninth Bishop of California

The Ordination and Consecration of
The Reverend Austin Keith Rios


Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of California

Saturday, May 4, 2024
at 11:00 a.m.

Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street, San Francisco

Watch the service of ordination and consecration

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Diocese of California Bishop Search Information

The Rev. Austin K. Rios will serve as bishop coadjutor with Right Rev. Marc Handley Andrus until Bishop Andrus’ retirement in July. At that point Rios will become the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of California.


Key times

October 2022 – Search Committee Selected
November 2022 – Diocesan Listening Sessions
April 2023 – Diocesan Profile Published
September 2023 – Slate of Nominees Announced
September 2023 – Nomination by Petition Period
October 2023 – Final Slate Announced
December 2023 – Election
May 2024 – Consecration
July 2024 – Transition

Bishop Search News

A Prayer for Transition

Almighty God, giver of every good gift, by your grace you have called us into one fellowship of faith: Look graciously on the people of the Diocese of California during this time of transition.  May we be guided in heart and mind by your Holy Spirit to seek and welcome a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us to perform the work of the Church. Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us do. Save us from all false choices, that in your light we may see light, and on your path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen