The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Martinez, Caribbean Synod bishop, dies

Margarita Martinez, 59, bishop of the Caribbean Synod, died March 11 of cancer in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

“Bishop Margarita Martinez challenged us to confront the barriers we erect to divide us from one another and to cross those barriers for the sake of reconciliation,” said Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop.

Margarita Martinez
“In her leadership of the Caribbean Synod she gave us a vision of a more inclusive and multicultural church,” he added. “In ecumenical relationships she modeled the gifts of women in ministry and leadership.

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