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  • NSIEAB 12:18 PM on 04/18/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Innauguration of the Office of the General Secretary of IEAB 

    On the evening of April 14, at the temple of the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity, of the Anglican Diocese of São Paulo (DASP), an evening prayer service was held to ask for God’s blessing and officially inaugurate the Office of the General Secretary of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil (IEAB).

    The event was attended by Presiding Bishop Maurício Andrade and Diocesan Bishop Roger Bird, who both conducted the solemn service. The following representatives were also present:

    IEAB – Glauco Soares (Presiding Bishop of the IEAB from 1994-2003), Magda Pereira (Dean of the Anglican Cathedral of Brasília), Mitsuo Noyama (Priest of the DASP), Sebastião do Prado (Deacon at Most Holy Trinity Parish), Leandro Campos (Priest-in-Charge at All Saints Church in Santos and Secretary of the DASP), Marco Chamadoira (Rector’s Warden of Most Holy Trinity Parish), Anthea Paterson (member of the Diocesan Council of the DASP), Sandra Andrade (Coordinator of the Anglican Service for Diakonia and Development – SADD) and a diocesan and parochial representative of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil Women’s Group (UMEAB).

    Ecumenical movement – Luiz Alberto Barbosa (Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Brasília and Executive Secretary of the Brazil Council of Christian Churches – CONIC), Gregório Teodoro (Priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and representative of the Fraternity Movement of Christian Churches – MOFIC), Renato Bauermann (National Treasurer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil – IELB), Daniel Souza (Regional Facilitator of the Ecumenical Youth Network – REJU), Mara Luz (Coordinator of Christian Aid in Brazil), Dimas Galvão (Representative of the Ecumenical Office for Service Coordination – CESE), Anivaldo Padilha and Ester Lisboa (Representatives of Koinonia Ecumenical Presence and Service), Roberto Cavalcante (Priest of the United Presbyterian Church of Brazil), Mario Rost (Priest of the IELB and Manager of Institutional Development of the Bible Society of Brazil – SBB), Darli Alves de Souza (Presbyter of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil and Regional Secretary for Brazil of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI)) and Bernard Hervy (Roman Catholic Priest and representative of Christian Action Against Torture in Brazil – ACAT and the Christian Workers Movement – MTC).

    Hence more than 65 people representing the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity and other entities attended the service.

    The following messages were sent directly to the presiding bishop and the general secretary:

    “… I will be with you in spirit and in prayer; your work is so important and meaningful for our beloved IEAB” – Naudal Gomes, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Curitiba

    “… I am happy that yet another general secretary of an ecumenical church is being installed in São Paulo, a place that has been a ‘center of ecumenical events’” – Vera Roberto, of the Black Empowerment Group (Pastoral da Negritude) of the CLAI/Brazil

    “… Together with the Diocese I pray to God that all goes well. Congratulations to you for your courage and generosity! I think the decision is the right one for the future of the Church” – Sebastião Armando, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Recife

    “… We desire the rich blessings of the Eternal Father at this event and in the lives of our general secretary and his staff” – Filadélfo Oliveira, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro

    “… Undoubtedly, the move will bring great challenges for both the IEAB and the DASP, as well as the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity and Rev. Arthur himself… and I hope the new experience serves the demands of service and witness of the IEAB” – Dr. Pedro Triana, Priest of the DASP

    In his homily and reflection on John 10:19-42, Bishop Andrade emphasized the importance of hearing the voice of Jesus Christ amid the challenges in the life of the Church. He also encouraged laypeople and clergy alike to continue to honor, with courage and confidence, the mission confided to the IEAB.

    Traditional hymns from the Brazil’s Episcopal Hymnal and songs from the ecumenical movement were sung. The service ended with the song SAMPA (by Caetano Veloso) performed by musicians Xico Esvael and Marisa Gurgel.

    After the service, all those present were invited to visit the personal office of the general secretary and the office of the IEAB used by the assistant to the general secretary and the Anglican bookstore. Many people had the chance to see the Gallery of Presiding Bishops and the panels of the Lambeth Conferences.

    A cocktail was offered by the diocesan section of the UMEAB, Most Holy Trinity Parish, and the Office of the General Secretary.

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    The Rev. Arthur Cavalcante

    Provincial Secretary of IEAB

  • NSIEAB 12:21 PM on 04/09/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – fourth and fifth days 

    The Compass Rose group is now in the Amazon. Read more news stories about their trip on Yesterday, the group was split in two and visited important programs of the Anglican Diocese of the Amazon. So far, the group has been in Belém, Gurupá and Santa Izabel do Pará.


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

  • NSIEAB 10:38 AM on 04/08/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Tragedy at Tasso da Silveira School in Rio de Janeiro 

    Brasilia, April 7th, 2011.

    “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11,25.

    With great sadness we have been witnessing a day of tragedy in a school environment, at Tasso da Silveira school, in Rio de Janeiro.

    It is time for us to discuss our security system, specially the security in our public schools.

    It was a beautiful day, which looked like a normal day, just one more day of school for so many young students of Tasso da Silveira elementary, in Rio de Janeiro.

    In this tragedy, people close and people far away are sorry and are united in pain with the parents of the 12 murdered children. We too, from the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, are sorry and praying to God that He may comfort these families, wipe their tears and renew their hope in the resurrection.

    The moment is of pain. Pain for the parents of Larissa, Bianca, Géssica, Karine, Marissa, Samira, Ana Carolina, Luiza Paula, Laryssa, Milena and Rafael.

    Our prayer today is that “God, in all his kindness and mercy, comfort all these families in their pain, hold them together in His love so that they may be strengthen by his Grace. That they trust in His mercy and face the future days with courage and confidence in God’s Grace”.

    With our sympathy and prayers,


    The Most Rev. Mauricio Andrade

    Primate of IEAB

  • NSIEAB 10:08 AM on 04/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – third day 

    Bishop Philip Poole and Canon Kenneth Kearon talked to an audience of more than one hundred people at the Cathedral of the Redeemer’s parish hall. Bishop Poole explained what the Compass Rose Society is about, while Canon Kearon gave a talk on the state of the Anglican Communion. People from the audience asked a few questions. Two online viewers also sent questions which were answered as well. People from the Cathedral’s congregation prepared a delicious meal for all guests, which included some typical Brazilian plates. All of us in Rio are very thankful for the work of the Compass Rose Society and for this opportunity, and wish all of them a safe travel to Belém!

    The website has more news stories about the Compass Rose mission trip to Brazil.


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

  • NSIEAB 11:26 PM on 04/05/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – second day 

    On the second day of the Compass Rose visit, members went to Cidade de Deus, a poor community in Rio de Janeiro. There, they learned more about Christ the King Church and visited its ecumenical partners.

    Visit for more stories.


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

  • NSIEAB 11:53 AM on 04/04/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – first day 

    On the first day of the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil, members went to Araras, a district of Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro State. There, they visited the Anglican School, St. Michael and All Angels’ Mission and other projects coordinated by Anglican Social Action Rio de Janeiro.

    After that, the group visited areas that were affected by floods and mudslides. Many of the visitors, who represented sister churches of the Anglican Communion, witnessed a bit of the devastation that took place in the mountainous Rio de Janeiro countryside.

    More news stories about the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil can be read on


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

  • NSIEAB 4:54 PM on 04/01/2011 Permalink | Reply  

    IEAB receives the Compass Rose Society and the Episcopal Church’s Bilateral Committee 

    Between the 1st and 10th of April the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil will receive Anglican representatives of the Compass Rose Society and the Bilateral Commission of Brazil/USA, for a program of work and studies together with dioces from diferent regions of Brazil. These will be important meetings to strengthen the relations between the Brazilian Church and these entities.

    Compass Rose

    The Compass Rose Society is an association of individuals, organisations, parishes,dioceses and even episcopal provinces that offer means of support to the Anglican Comunion.

    An international representation will include the General Secretary of the Anglican Comunion The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon and the president of the society The Rt. Rev. Bishop Philip Poole (responsable for the episcopal area of York-Credit in the Diocese of Toronto). They will visit the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and the Anglican Diocese of the Amazon, in each of these dioceses there will an intense program of work, involving moments of integration of the group with the Anglican Church and the local cultures.

    The IEAB represented by the work group for communication recently created a site in Portuguese and English to improve information about the work of the Compass Rose Society. To visit this site the access is by Using this page members of the IEAB will be able to assist live the discourse of rhe General Secretary of the Anglican Comunion in the Redentor Cathedral next Wednesday and also participate with questions. Major details will shortly be announced.

    Bilateral Commission

    The relation between USA and Brazil has been very close for a long time, because the IEAB derived from missionaty action by members of the clergy and laypeople of the Episcopal Church of America at the end of the 19th century. Also from the time of the emancipation of the Brazilian Church cooperation was maintained between these churches within the Anglican Comunion strengthening the friendly ties.

    The course of the Bilateral Commission of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil and the (TEC) Episcopal Church of the United States has its origins in the Centenary of the IEAB in 1990 which brought The Primate Bishop of USA The Most Rev. Bishop Edmund Browning to Brazil.

    More recently there have been two encounters of the Commission, one in the city of Recife (North East of Brazil) in 2006 and the other in New Bern (North Carolina) in 2008. The meetings looked for ways to increase the knowledge between the two churches of ways to construct joint actions. To obtain more details of the history of the Commission you can access /sinodo/rel_combilateral.pdf.

    In the first stage of the visit to Brazil the Dioceses of Curitiba, Pelotas and Brasilia will receive the members of the TEC between 1st and 3rd of April to present part of the socio-economic reality and the culture of the country. They will all participate in activities involving the local churches. The program will continue in Porto Alegre between the 4th and 7th of April when the complete commitee will participate in a retreat for prayer, moments of integration with new members and also the preparation of a plan to conduct the actions of the commitee.

    The Commission of the TEC is actually composed of five integrantes, with Bishop Mark Andrus (Bishop of Californis) as principal leader. On the side of the IEAB the commitee is lead by Bishop Roger Bird of the Anglican Diocese of Sâo Paulo.


    The Covenant between the TEC and IEAB was approved in 2006 by the Executive Council and shortly after by the Camara of Clergy and Laymen at the American General Convention in 2009 becoming finally a full resolution. There is an expectation in Brazil of more definite and more practical action of work, for example, the support of missionary work and education.

    The IEAB have played an important part together the poorer communities and also in the action against any type of discrimination. Brazil still lives many contradictions in the field of social justice and the guarantee of social rights, in the case of which the government actions are very feeble. In this sense the most frail portion of the population and those on the margins of society can only find support, respect and dignity in the actions, service and spiritual support of the churches, for example the support of the Bilateral Commission and The Compass Rose Society could help to strengthen and permit the emergence of new actions by the IEAB in the Brazilian society in areas not covered by the Federal Government.


    The Rev. Arthur Cavalcante

    Provincial Secretary of IEAB

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