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New Global Partnership Established With Ecuadorian Anglicans
The registration of the Indigenous Pastorale of the Anglican Province of America in Ecuador was completed in late July, 2016 and is now officially recognized by the Ecuadorian Government as a legitimate church in that country. There are still some requirements and other technical aspects that are being completed at present such as the appointment of officers and the opening of bank accounts and filing certain documents.
In November, 2016 a visit was undertaken to Ecuador by an APA team consisting of Bishop Grundorf, Dr. Mary Grundorf, and Fr. David Haines. They were accompanied by a team of three members from Worthy Endeavors who had been instrumental in bringing the members of the Ecuadorian Church into contact with the APA as well as providing the funding (current and on-going) for the operation of the Church there. The members of the Worthy Endeavors Team were Richard Todd, Karen Todd, and Matthew McBurney (who served as the translator). The courageous effort in Ecuador is currently led by two priests, Fr. Eulogio Quito and Fr. Luis Alberto Tuazo together with nine deacons. There are a total of thirty two communities and approximately 20,000 people that make up this group.
During the visit the APA and Worthy Endeavors teams were able to meet with the clergy and leadership of the newly established Ecuadorian Anglican group. The teams were warmly welcomed by the leadership of the Ecuadorian Anglican group and we had the opportunity to visit one of the communities as we traveled from Riobamba to Guamote. In Guamote on Sunday November 13 we were able to participate in a community wide Holy Communion service where each of the thirty-two communities where the church currently functions were represented. There were around 2,000 people in attendance. During this event a number of awards were presented to a number of the community leaders and clergy. During the service Bishop Grundorf ordained a young man, Johnny Leon to the Diaconate.
On the Monday following the service, the team met with representatives of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Riobamba who have tried to prevent the establishment of the Anglican Group in Chimbarazo Province and have gone out of their way to attack and persecute the clergy. The meeting was productive but tense at times and each party at least had the opportunity to lay out their position with regard to the current situation. It is hoped that communication with the Roman Catholic Bishop and his team will continue in order to come to some acceptable agreement for future cooperation.
The accompanying photographs show:
- First meeting with Ecuadorian leaders (EC1)
- Bishop Grundorf giving APA lapel pin to Fr. Luis Alberto Tuazo, Fr. Eulogio Quito looks on (EC2)
- Group photograph with Ecuadorian Church leaders (EC3)
- The congregation of the community visited near Guamote (EC4)
- The gathering of representatives of the various communities before the march to the coloseum (EC5)
- The large congregation of 2,000 people gathered for the community-wide Holy Communion and Ordination (EC6)
- The ordination of Deacon Johnny Leon (EC7)
Posted: 1/31/2017 9:20 PM