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The Rev. Katherine Doar serves as Dean of the School for Ministry for the Diocese of El Camino Real.

A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, she is an experienced priest with a demonstrated history of working in parish ministry. She is skilled in both the religious nonprofit organization and the small business context, in Program Development, Recruiting, Pastoral Counseling, Preaching, Children/Youth Ministry, and Church and Business Growth.


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The Right Rev. Lucinda Beth Ashby is the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real and the second woman bishop to succeed a woman bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church. She was ordained and consecrated as Bishop on January 11, 2020.


Bishop Lucinda has a vision for our diocese that involves exploring the concept of New Church. This means being flexible, relevant, and innovative. It requires us to travel light, stay in balance, and have the courage to be lost. As part of this exploration, Bishop Lucinda and the Diocese of El Camino Real have created the Community Trailblazer Role. The goal is to help churches connect with their communities in new and meaningful ways, all with the aim of leading the church beyond its walls.


Bishop Lucinda's diverse background equipped her perfectly to lead our Diocese. She taught Spanish and music to high school students was Head of a Private School, and founded a school for Native Americans in Capay Valley, California. She worked as a Chaplain at St. Michael's Episcopal Day School and is fluent in Spanish. She's married to Bob McEvilly, and they have two dogs. They have three grown children living in California.



The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real is a place of rich diversity and wonderful opportunity. Our identity is founded upon faithful pilgrimage, which means that we travel light, stay in balance, and have the courage to be lost. While this overall concept was designed pre-COVID, we have found that the pandemic blessed us with uncertainty and a call to live our pilgrimage faithfully in ways that are practical and real.

When you look at our diocesan branding, you will see that the scallop shell figures prominently. The scallop shell is a symbol of pilgrimage and a symbol of baptism. At baptism, the scallop shell is used to scoop water from the font and pour it over the head of the candidate for baptism. The scallop shell then represents our ongoing life journey as we live into our Baptismal Covenant.

Three lessons of pilgrimage are: travel light, stay in balance, and have the courage to be lost. “Travel light” is the opportunity to explore what we really need to “Be Church.” During COVID, this revealed itself to be a cell phone or a computer, as we gathered from our homes to engage in Bible Study, Education Series, Pastoral Care, and various liturgies. In fact, we need very little other than ourselves, because we ARE the church. We know that our structures (buildings and polity) exist to support the mission and ministry of the church that we are called to be.

“Stay in Balance” is the ongoing opportunity to balance tradition with innovation. In El Camino Real, we pride ourselves on our ability to move forward quickly, yet not at the expense of our valued Episcopal traditions. We worship in four languages and in many forms, yet our orders of service are clearly Episcopal. Additionally, our desire to move forward—whether it be program or use of our facilities—is accomplished well when we also consider our history. An offshoot of the Diocese of California, our “Little Brown Book” is the journey of our foundation as a Diocese and gives a lot of insight into our desire to balance our past with future possibility.

Being lost takes courage, and as faithful people we live into the uncertainty of what God has in mind for us. “Have the Courage to be Lost” acknowledges that living into our Baptismal Covenant is a daily way of being, and we meet that with confidence that God guides our every step. We know that plans go awry, yet that does not stop our movement forward. We trust that we have everything we need, and that God is in charge.

El Camino Real is our home, and it is the rich mission field that God has entrusted to us. We are blessed to be called to serve in this diocese, a place of innovation, tradition and deep faith.

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Applications for 2024 Lay Preaching English Language Cohort now open through December 1

The West Coast Collaborative is accepting applications for the English Language Cohort until December 1st. Please click the button below to fill out an application. 2024 Lay Preaching Application 

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