RIP: Former Venezuela Bishop Onell A. Soto

first_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags Comments (2) Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY September 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm Incredible individual!. Gifted with many of the fruits of the spirit. Our paths crossed many times and although we disagreed on “the issues of time” those that began in Minnesota 1976 and the struggles of the IX Province. He was always filled with patience, understanding, perseverance and dignity. Every thing around him was remarkable, his love for the church, people, family and friends. He deserved to be a Bishop of the Church, I am sure he and Nina, her faithful co-pilot were able to leave their compassionate “footprints” wherever they ministered together. Peace to you Onell, and peace to your family who will miss you as your friends will also.Father Bill MunizCatholic Priest. Rector Bath, NC Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI People Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET RIP: Former Venezuela Bishop Onell A. Soto Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Rev.William Muniz says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Posted Aug 7, 2015 Obituary, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing Nicholson White says: August 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm Onell and Nina were the best possible team to do what they did — to communicate with joy and determination the Gospel. And their children were and I’m sure still are treasures. I knew them back in the day — at 815 and in Venezuela — and I rejoice at the richness of my memories. May dear Onell rest in peace and rise in glory — and may he now get matters on the other side straightened out and set right. Nick White Curate Diocese of Nebraska center_img Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Rt. Rev. Onell A. Soto, 82, who served as the Anglican bishop of Venezuela and as assistant Bishop in the Dioceses of Atlanta and Alabama, died Aug. 5.He worked to spread the love of God through all facets of his life, whether as a journalist, a minister, a leader, a mentor, and a family man. He pioneered short news stories before Twitter, made sure that the church in Venezuela became a national church, and never stopped sharing his infectious sense of humor.Soto was born Nov.17, 1932 in Omaja, Cuba, in the son of Juan Soto Vega and María Almaguer Mayo. After spending his childhood in San Agustín and Matanzas, he studied medicine at the University of Havana until it was closed for political reasons in 1956. In 1957 he left Cuba for the United States and enrolled in Boston University’s College of Medicine. After returning to Havana, he married Nina Ulloa, director of Christian education of the Episcopal Church in Cuba, in 1960. The couple fled the Castro regime, and left Cuba, and he enrolled in the University of the South’s School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he earned a degree in divinity. He was ordained to the priesthood in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1965, and started a new life as a missionary for The Episcopal Church.Onell and Nina’s love for the Church, and their deep faith and sense of evangelism, led their work as missionaries. He led a parish in Ecuador and served as executive secretary of Province IX of The Episcopal Church in El Salvador. On returning to the United States in the late 1970s he served as mission information and education officer of world mission for The Episcopal Church in New York.In 1987, he was elected Anglican Bishop of Venezuela where he served until 1995 and was awarded the Orden del Libertador Simón Bolívar, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his contributions to Venezuela’s moral and spiritual welfare. He was then appointed assistant bishop in the Diocese of Atlanta, and in 1999 assistant bishop in the Diocese of Alabama. He retired in 2002 and moved with Nina to Miami.Soto worked tirelessly for the expansion of the mission of The Episcopal Church throughout Latin America and the world. He was a gifted communicator who understood the power of media to expand ecumenism and evangelism. Before the internet era, he was a pioneer in developing and distributing the word and mission of the church through short news stories. He started with the newsletter Rápidas in 1971 and continued with several others until, in his retirement, he wrote Rapidísimas, which ran in several newspapers, online (including Episcopal News Service) and as an email newsletter until nearly the end of his life. Additionally, and for 25 years he helped Nina edit Día a Día, the Spanish-language version of The Episcopal Church’s daily devotional Forward Day by Day.He was a loving husband and father, and a tireless advocate for others. He possessed a sparkling sense of humor and a deep love of all things Cuban.Soto is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Nina Soto; his children and their spouses: Ana María Soto and Gerardo Cárdenas, Lidia Soto-Harmon and Robert Harmon, Onell and Robin Soto, and Elena Soto-Chapa and Santiago Chapa; and his six grandchildren: Tomás and Nina Harmon, Susana Cárdenas-Soto, and Cristina, Alicia, and Lucas Chapa.A gathering and funeral will be held for him on Aug. 8, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Oak Park, Illinois. Viewing will begin at 2 p.m. Services will begin at 3 p.m.A memorial service will also be held Sept. 5 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Miami, starting at 4 p.m.The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 1300 SW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33135Condolence notes can be sent to Mrs. Nina Soto, 3350 Torrremolinos, Doral, FL 33178 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Comments are closed. 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