Diocese of Southeast Mexico

Statement of Purpose

Rooted in the knowledge of the family of Christ throughout the world, the Subcommittee on Southeast Mexico seeks to monitor and foster the Companionship between the Diocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Southeast Mexico. Components of this relationship include sister parish relationships; regular bishop, clergy and lay visits to each other’s dioceses; communication between and within dioceses; and fundraising for special projects.

The Subcommittee is made up of representatives of Chicago Diocese parishes that maintain sister parish relationships in Southeast Mexico and it meets bi-monthly to coordinate activities. Parishes interested in joining the Companionship should contact the chair of the Subcommittee, Gary Martin. To send a financial contribution to the Diocese of Southeast Mexico please reference the Designation Form attached here.

History

The Diocese of Chicago formed a companion relationship with the Diocese of Southeast Mexico in 2001 for five years, and twice renewed the relationship at the 2006 and 2011 Annual Conventions.

Formed in 1989, the Diocese of Southeast Mexico, the newest and smallest of the five dioceses in the Anglican Church of Mexico, has 12 clergy serving over 2,000 members in 20 missions and preaching stations. Most of the congregations are concentrated in just two states in the diocesan territory: Oaxaca and Veracruz. Under the leadership of Bishop Benito Juarez Martinez, the diocese has started a self-supporting cattle raising project in Oaxaca state and has initiated a water ministry across the Diocese. Profits will be used to sustain church ministries.

PARISH-TO-PARISH RELATIONSHIPS

RECENT visits to sister parishes

  • June 15-20, 2014: St. Mark’s parishioners to San Marcos, Nigromante
  • June 23-27, 2014: Christ Church parishioners to Jesus de Nazaret, La Esperanza
  • August 17, 2014: All Saints' parishioners to Santa Maria, Xalapa
  • January 25, 2015: St. Chrysostom’s to missions in St. Cristobal & Yochib, Chiapas
  • February 25, 2015: Our Savior parishioners to St. Cristobal & Yochib, Chiapas

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Diocese of Southeast Mexico
    • Bishop: The Rt Revd Benito Juarez-Martinez
    • Address: Av Las Americas #73 , Col. Aguacatal , 91130 Xalapa , Vera Cruz , MEXICO
    • Office phone: +52 (0)228 814 6951 Fax: +52 (0)228 814 4387
    • Email: obispobenito.49@gmail.com
    • Founded: 1989
    • Members: 10,000
    • Congregations: 15
  • Anglican Church of Mexico
    • Founded: 1995 (previously part of the Episcopal Church Province 9)
    • Members: 21,000
    • Dioceses: 5
    • Primate: The Most Revd Carlos Touche-Porter
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