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Bishop Suarez Installation Service

The Rev. Pedro Manuel Suarez was elected Oct. 13 to a six-year term as bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly Oct. 12-14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Kissimmee.

Pr. Suarez was elected on the 6th ballot with 334 votes. A total of 230 votes was needed for election.

Pr. Suarez has served as lead pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach, FL since 2015.

The bishop-elect earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology of Chicago in 1992. Lutheran School of Theology is one of seven ELCA seminaries.

Pastor Suarez will be installed as bishop at noon on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in New Tampa, FL.

Click here for the full announcement in English

Click here for the full announcement in Spanish

St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, New Tampa

9724 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647

All are welcome and invited to attend the service of installation for Bishop-elect Suarez on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in New Tampa, FL. The service will begin at noon, with a light reception following. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, along with several other bishops and special guests, will be attending this service. The service will be livestreamed.
There is no cost to attend this service, but please register your intention to attend (especially the reception following the service) to help in planning. You can register by clicking the button below
Rostered Ministers of Word and Sacrament (pastors) and rostered Ministers of Word and Service (deacons) are invited to vest (red stole) and process. Synod Parish Deacons are invited to wear albs and process.
Register to attend the reception following the Service of Installation

A note from the synod office

The Installation of Bishop-Elect Pedro Suarez on January 20, 2018 will be a service you won’t want to miss.  I encourage you take a look at the church’s website

At the last election in 2013, several conferences rented buses to transport folks to the Installation.  The prices were very reasonable and the buses made for an enjoyable, stress free drive that also provided wonderful fellowship.

If your conference is going to do that for this Installation, we would love you to let us know (email Michele Hilton at…and also to take and share some pictures with us so we can ‘tell’ the story afterwards.

Les damos la bienvenida y les invitamos a asistir a la Misa de instalación del Obispo-electo Suárez el sábado, 20 de enero del 2018, en la Iglesia Católica San Marcos Evangelista en New Tampa, FL (St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church). La Misa comenzará al mediodía, seguida por una recepción ligera. La Obispa Presidente Elizabeth Eaton, junto con varios otros obispos e invitados especiales, estarán presentes en este servicio. La Misa será transmitida en vivo.
No hay ningún costo para asistir a este servicio, pero por favor, confirme su intención de asistir (especialmente a la recepción después de la Misa), lo cual nos ayudará en la planificación. La recepción incluye aperitivos sustanciales. Usted puede inscribirse a través.
A todos los ministros de Palabra y Sacramento (pastores y pastoras) y a todos los ministros de Palabra y Servicio (diáconos y diaconisas) se les invita a investirse (estola roja) y a procesar. A diáconos y diaconisas parroquiales sinodales se les invita a llevar albas