Bishop John's 2019 Lent Appeal for Peru1 Mar 2019 By Bishop John
Bishop John has launched a Lent Appeal to raise money for our partners in Peru.
Bishop John writes:
My Lent Appeal last year was for Berega Hospital in Tanzania: I would first like to thank you for your generosity in responding to that appeal. I know how much it meant to the hospital: your support made a real difference.
This year, I am making an appeal in support of the Diocese of Peru and I invite you, as individuals and parishes, to contribute. Our sisters and brothers in our partner diocese are facing great financial struggles, sometimes finding it difficult to pay even the basic stipends of their clergy, let alone support those in most need.
Bishop Jorge has an exciting vision for the diocese as he and his colleagues seek to reach out to the poorest of the poor with the good news of Jesus’ love. It would be wonderful to be able to send him a substantial gift from the Diocese of Worcester to support that developing vision and, in particular, to ensure the clergy get the training and support they need to be effective in their ministry.
May God bless you richly this Lent
To make a donation:
- Send a cheque payable to Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd to Peru Appeal, Worcester Diocesan Office, The Old Palace, Deansway, Worcester, WR1 2JE. Download gift aid form.
- Visit the BT MyDonate website.
About the Diocese of Peru
From early beginnings as an expatriate church in Lima, the Iglesia Anglicana del Perú (IAP – Anglican Church of Peru) has spread since the 1970s into some of the poorest communities in the country, mainly in Lima. Work began in Arequipa, the second city, in the 1980s, and there are now four Anglican communities serving this area. Other churches exist in Juliaca (near Lake Titicaca), Jauja (Peru’s first capital), Huancayo, and other Andean settlements, including La Rinconada – the world’s highest permanent settlement at 5,130m.
In April 2016, Jorge Luis Aguilar Ocampo became the first Peruvian diocesan bishop, following a number of expatriate English bishops. Bishop Jorge was originally trained in the Roman Catholic Church and ordained by Pope John Paul II, but served as an Anglican priest in the IAP for many years before becoming their bishop.
He is developing a new collegial and transparent culture in the diocese, which involves both clergy and laity in decision making and building up a shared vision. One key part of this is a desire to see more and better support and training for his clergy as well as the self-sustainability that allows the diocese to guarantee their stipends.
There are four Anglican schools in the diocese, which form a key part of their mission.
The diocese also has various social projects, including the Shalom centre, and prison visiting. Social action for justice and education are seen holistically as part of the IAP’s mission and evangelism.