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Archbishop Haverland visits Colombia; Enthrones Bishop Orrego-Hurtado and engages in ecumenical dialog

Aug 8, 2013


Archbishop Haverland and Bishop Orrego-Hurtdado visit the ACC's home for the elderly in Pereira

Last month the Anglican Catholic Diocese of New Granada received it bi-annual visitation from Archbishop Mark Haverland.  Notable activities of the trip were the enthronment of Bishop German Orrego-Hurtdado in the chapel of Our Lady, Pereira, and an ecumenical call to the Most Reverend Gonzalo Restrepo, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manizales, where cordial relations between Roman and Anglican Catholic Churches in Colombia were affirmed. 

In light of the ACC's continued growth in Spanish-speaking areas, Archbishop Haverland also appointed Bishop Orrego-Hurtado as his Metropolitical Commisary.  This will give the Colombian bishop oversight of all developments in Latin and South America, where already clergy from Chile and Cuba are being received.  Further inquiries from places like Ecuador and Brazil are being pursued.

Upon his return to the US, the Archbishop praised the missionary diocese, saying that he was impressed with "the high quality of our clergy and their pastoral ministries."  In particular he noted the work being done by Father Julio Cesar Boliva in Pereira, who directs two homes caring for about twenty five indigent elderly men and women, and Father Julio Ricardo Sanchez in Manizales, who with his wife, runs a feeding program for poor and special needs children at a local public school.

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