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Walking The Way

The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real is as vibrant and diverse as the region it serves. Stretching from Silicon Valley to San Luis Obispo and points south, the diocese spans 45 congregations across five counties in the Golden State: Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. Our northernmost congregation is located in Palo Alto while the southernmost congregation is in Arroyo Grande, south of San Luis Obispo. 

Our congregations are welcoming, inclusive communities that celebrate individuals for their unique gifts. We worship in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and other languages, reflecting the diverse culture of our region. More than 100 priests and 30 deacons are active throughout the diocese.

The Rt. Reverend Mary Gray-Reeves is Bishop of The Diocese of El Camino Real. Bishop Mary is the spiritual and legal head of the diocese. She visits all congregations in the diocese on a rotating cycle, ordains new clergy, confirms, receives and baptizes, gathers regularly with fellow bishops in the U.S. Episcopal Church and much more.

El Camino Real is home to York School, a college prep school in Monterey; two K-8 schools and several preschool campuses. Campus ministries are found at California State University, San Jose; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; California State University, Monterey Bay; and the University of California at Santa Cruz.

We sustain our Christian faith with meaningful worship, caring congregations, and an ongoing commitment to enriching the communities we serve. The diocese supports Santa Maria Urban Ministry in San Jose, Hope with South Sudan, and more; our congregations serve people in need both locally and globally. We also enjoy a thriving partnership with Episcopal dioceses in Gloucester, England, and in Western Tanganyika, Africa.

We hope you’ll take a few moments to learn about our diocese, our diverse congregations, and the work we’re doing to share the Christian faith in relevant ways with our communities. 

To find an Episcopal church near you, click here.

To learn about Bishop Mary and read her latest messages, visit her page by clicking here.

Our History

El Camino Real was part of the Diocese of California until its founding in 1980. We are named after the Spanish colonial road from Mexico City to Oregon. To read about our diocese’s history, click here for a PDF of the 1980 “Brown Book” produced when the diocese was formed.

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