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Home Structure Primate

Primate

Since 2006, the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil is under the primatial care of the Most Rev. Maurício José Araújo de Andrade.

Bishop Maurício Andrade has dedicated his life extensively to the Church. He is a graduate of the Presbyterian Seminary of the North, and complemented his studies, in 1986, at the Anglican Seminary of Theological Studies, both in Recife.  He was the rector of St. Mary's Parish (now Cathedral) Church, in Belém do Pará, and was called to be the Secretary-General of the Brazilian Church, in 1994, a position he spent ten years occupying, in Porto Alegre.  In 2003, he was elected Diocesan Bishop of Brasília, having been the first non-Roman Catholic bishop consecrated at the National Cathedral.

At the thirtieth General-Synod of the Church, gathered in Curitiba from the 26th to the 30th July 2006, he was elected Primate of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, succeeding Bishop Orlando Santos de Oliveira. He was instituted Primate at St. James' Cathedral in Curitiba.

Ecumenism and mission are two dimensions very  known in the ministry of the new primate.  Bp. Maurício is the president of the Latin American Council of Churches – Brazilian Region and one of the coordinators of the Ecumenical Forum of Brazil, which had an important role preparing the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, which happened in December 2006, in Porto Alegre.

Contrary to common belief outside Brazil, the Primate of Brazil is not an Archbishop. The primate accumulates this position with the office of a diocesan bishop, in a manner similar to other provinces, such as the Scottish Episcopal Church.

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His predecessors were:

  • 2003-2006 - The Most Rev. Orlando Santos de Oliveira (together with the Southern Brazil Diocese)
  • 1993-2003 - The Most Rev. Glauco Soares de Lima (together with the Anglican Diocese of São Paulo)
  • 1986-1992 - The Most Rev. Olavo Ventura Luiz
  • 1972-1984 - The Most Rev. Arthur Rodolpho Kratz
  • 1965-1971 - The Most Rev. Egmont Machado Krischke
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