About the Diocese

Walking The Way

“We are followers of Jesus, guided by His teaching and example to love God and our neighbor. In all things we are committed to honor and support every tradition, lifestyle, and point of view that seeks to increase understanding among the peoples of the world. We embrace the powers of grace and reconciliation, seeking to live them out in our communities and with all whom we encounter. We invite you to worship with us and walk with us in our commitment to nurture, heal, and foster joy among those who face life’s struggles. With compassion, humility, and creativity, we strive to realize the timeless peace that God intends for us all.”

The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real is as vibrant and diverse as the region it serves. From Silicon Valley to the beach cities of San Luis Obispo County, the diocese spans 42 congregations across five counties: Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and 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 cultures of our region. Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves 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, and gathers regularly with fellow bishops.

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 others; our congregations serve people locally and globally. We also enjoy a partnership with Episcopal dioceses in Gloucester, England, and in Western Tanganyika, Tanzania.

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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, see the 1980 “Brown Book” produced when the diocese was formed.

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