Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook
Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook. Courtesy Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego held a welcoming ceremony Thursday for the Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, the first woman to be elected as bishop of the diocese.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and first lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer attended the ceremony, along with representatives of Jewish Family Service of San Diego and the Islamic Center of San Diego.

“San Diego has women in leadership roles throughout the city who are striving to make a difference every day,” Faulconer said. “It is an honor to welcome the first woman bishop — elected with overwhelming support by her peers — to head the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. Bishop-Elect Susan’s vision for diversity, youth investment and community will be a great addition to San Diego’s clergy.”

The diocese’s 43 congregations in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties in California and Yuma County in Arizona elected Brown Snook on the first ballot in February, according to the organization.

The welcoming ceremony took place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. More information about the diocese can be found at

— From Staff and Wire Reports

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.