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Southern Cone ‘is growing’: CEN 7.03.09 p 5. July 5, 2009

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, La Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America.
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The Rt. Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti

The Rt. Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti

La Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur has grown by “leaps and bounds” over the past decade the Bishop of Bolivia, the Rt. Rev. Frank Lyons told delegates to the founding convocation of the ACNA in Fort Worth last week, with many dioceses doubling in size.

Bishop Lyons reported that at the March 28 meeting of the South American House of Bishops in Asuncion, the province authorized the creation of four auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Chile, three auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Peru, one suffragan bishop for the Diocese of Uruguay, and one suffragan bishop for the Diocese of Northern Argentina.

The Anglican Church has experienced rapid growth on the ground as well. When the Rt. Rev. William Godfrey was translated to Peru in April 1998, the diocese consisted of two expatriate priests, four Peruvian priests, and one Peruvian deacon serving nine congregations.

As of June 2009, the Diocese of Peru consists of 41 congregations serviced by 24 priests, 8 deacons and 23 lay ministers, while the diocese’s two theological colleges are training 60 seminarians.

The Bishop of Recife, the Rt. Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti told the ACNA his diocese had also prospered in recent years. In 2005 the bishop and 40 of his priests were deposed by the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil for contumacy. In the four years since he was expelled from the IEAB, the Diocese of Recife had doubled in size.

He noted that nine congregations in Southern Brazil had also petitioned to be received from the IEAB to the Diocese of Recife. “They said, if you can support churches in America, certainly you can support us.”

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