Bishop Mariann is pleased to announce that Mildred Briones Reyes will serve as the Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministry and Diocesan Initiatives for the Diocese of Washington beginning on February 1, 2021, transitioning from her current role upon the retirement of the Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin.
Since her arrival on the bishop’s staff in January 2018, Mildred has been an invaluable member of the diocesan team, bringing her joy-filled faith, superb organizational skills to every initiative she has tackled, and her passion for helping others. “Given Mildred’s deep ties to Latino Ministry, not only in this diocese but in the wider church,” Canon Paula Clark says, “it felt like a natural evolution in Mildred’s ministry path for us to explore how her gifts might align with our goals for Latino/Hispanic Ministry in the diocese.”
Mildred says, “I am proud to be a product of the Latino Ministry in this diocese that allows mi gente — mi familia — and me to journey in God’s transcending love. I look forward to the work ahead.”
Mildred will be responsible for advocacy and oversight of Latino/Hispanic ministry in the Diocese of Washington, working with the Bishop, diocesan staff, clergy, congregations and diocesan organizations to advocate, develop, and enhance initiatives among people of Latino/Hispanic cultural backgrounds within their missional contextual communities. In addition, Mildred will continue to offer her organizational skills to manage and support key diocesan programs and initiatives to advance the diocesan strategic plan.
In taking on this position, Mildred will be one of the few Latina lay Missioners for Latino/Hispanic Ministry in The Episcopal Church.