Anglican Church in Central America

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Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America
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Primate The Most Rev. Armando Guerra
Territory Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama
Members 35,000

The Anglican Church in Central America (Spanish: Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America) is a province of the Anglican Communion, covering 5 sees in Central America. The Bishop of Guatemala, the Rt. Rev. Armando Guerra was elected to a four-year term of office as primate and has succeeded Archbishop Martin de Jesus Barahona of El Salvador, who has served as primate for the past eight years.

History[edit]

Four of the five dioceses of the Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America were founded by the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Anglicanism was also introduced by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel when England administered two colonies in Central America, British Honduras and Miskitia. In later years, immigrants brought the Anglican Church with them.

Membership[edit]

Today, there are over 35,000 Anglicans out of an estimated population of 30.1 million.

Structure[edit]

The polity of the Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America is Episcopalian church governance, which is the same as other Anglican churches. The church maintains a system of geographical parishes organized into dioceses. There are 5 of these, each headed by a bishop:

Some countries of Central America are part of other Anglican churches:

Worship and liturgy[edit]

The Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America embraces three orders of ministry: deacon, priest, and bishop. The Spanish-language version of the Episcopal Church (USA)'s 1979 Book of Common Prayer is used.

Doctrine and practice[edit]

The center of the Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America's teaching is the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The basic teachings of the church, or catechism, includes:


Ecumenical relations[edit]

Unlike many other Anglican churches, the Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America is not a member of the ecumenical World Council of Churches.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.oikoumene.org/?id=3587 World Council of Churches

Further reading[edit]

  • Anglicanism, Neill, Stephen. Harmondsworth, 1965.

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