Magazine article Anglican Journal

Era of Expansion for Cuban Church

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Era of Expansion for Cuban Church

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Most Canadians visiting Cuba are there for the sun, the sea and the mojitos. But recently, Archbishop Fred Hiltz led a delegation with a different purpose: to observe the 103rd synod of the Episcopal Church of Cuba, led in Havana by Bolivian-born Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio, bishop since 20 to.

The Episcopal Church of Cuba traces its origins to an early Anglican presence on the island in 1901. It consists of 46 congregations and about 10,000 members. Within the Anglican Communion, the Cuban church has the status of an extra-provincial diocese since it is not part of a larger province and has no primate. Its governance includes the Metropolitan Council, which exercises oversight in matters of faith and order. The primate of the Anglican Church of Canada co-chairs the council with the archbishop of the West Indies and the U.S. presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Accompanied by Michael Thompson, general secretary, Michael Pollesel, former general secretary and bishop-elect of Uruguay, and Andrea Mann, global relations coordinator, Archbishop Hiltz experienced first-hand a Cuban church poised to expand its mission and rebuild its crumbling infrastructure. Also present in low profile and respecting the new leadership was Bishop Miguel Tamayo Zaldivar, former interim bishop of Cuba and retiring bishop of Uruguay.

At a notable opening service, Bishop Delgado had the clergy renew their ordination vows. "It was a memorable moment for the church, for her and for them," said the primate. …

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