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Visiting Anglican Prelates Come to San Miguel


By Elaine Sells

Two Anglican Communion prelates will journey to San Miguel de Allende the second weekend in December for the installation of the seventh rector of St Paul’s Anglican Church, the Rev Canon George F. Woodward III. This event is scheduled for the second Sunday of Advent.

Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of México, the Right Rev Carlos Touché-Porter, will preside at the installation and celebrate solemn Holy Eucharist. Originally from Tabasco and ordained an Anglican priest in 1977, Bishop Touché-Porter taught at the Anglican Seminary in México City (Seminario de San Andrés) prior to his 2002 election and consecration as a bishop. His diocese extends through the Mexican States of Guanajuato, Hidalgo México, Michoacán, Querétaro, and México City.

The Anglican Church of México traces its roots to the War of Independence in 1810, when many of the priests and founders of the revolution found themselves excommunicated and established a branch of the Catholic faith that aligned with the American Episcopal Church. The Anglican Church of México is comprised of five dioceses and became an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion in 1995.

Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles, the Right Rev John Harvey Taylor, will preach at the installation liturgy. Taylor, a life-long Episcopalian, formerly served as chief of staff to President Richard Nixon and later as the executive director of the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, a suburb of Los Angeles. Ordained to the priesthood in 2004 and consecrated bishop of the five-county diocese of Los Angeles in 2017, Bishop Taylor is a passionate advocate for the Mexican and Latin American diaspora in Southern California. Bishop Taylor will be accompanied by his wife, Kathy Hannigan O’Conner.

Canon Woodward, ordained priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles in 1984, anticipates advancing shared ministry between the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and the Anglican Diocese of México. The previous bishop of México, the Right Reverend Sergió Carranza, served as a Suffragan Bishop of Los Angeles for a decade prior to his retirement and return to México, so the ties that bind the two dioceses are well-established.

The Anglican Communion is the third largest branch of Christianity, with 85 million adherents in autonomous national provinces joined in mission with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the See of Canterbury, England. Catholic and reformed, Anglicanism is often called “the bridge Church” between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, allowing married priests and, in many provinces such as in Canada, México, and the United States, the ordination of women to the priesthood.


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