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Bishop Rafael Luis Morales of Puerto Rico.

The diocesan community is invited to a special bilingual (English/Spanish) Eucharist at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 to celebrate an official visit from Bishop Rafael Luis Morales of Puerto Rico. Morales will be in the Diocese of Los Angeles Sept. 24 – 27.

Bishop Morales will preach and Bishop John Harvey Taylor will preside. The collection will benefit the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

A reception will follow the service, which will be held at St. John’s Cathedral, Los Angeles. Bishop Taylor and his wife Canon Kathy Hannigan O’Connor will host Morales at their Pasadena home during his stay.

Bishop Morales will visit several institutions and organizations of the diocese. Bishop Taylor invites and encourages all to attend the Eucharist in support of Puerto Rico.

Referring to the limited U.S. government response to last year’s disastrous storm, Bishop Taylor said, “Puerto Rico was not made to feel at home in the aftermath of the destructive hurricane. Bishop Rafael and the people of Puerto Rico have a home here in the diocese of Los Angeles.”

Additional support for the Diocese of Puerto Rico may be offered at www.EDLAgives.org.

Rafael Luis Morales, seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico, was consecrated on July 22, 2017. He previously served as a parish priest in Toa Baja, a suburb of Puerto Rico’s capital city of San Juan, and as head of the Episcopal Cathedral School.