Bishops from 24 dioceses in the United States and 31 dioceses in Africa joined the congregation of Madrid’s Iglesia Episcopal de España for a Eucharist on July 22, 2007. Joining the Rt Revd Carlos Lozano Lopez, bishop of the diocese, at the altar were the primates of Central Africa, Congo, Southern Africa, and Burundi, as well as the primate of Brazil.
During the two hour liturgy, based on the ancient Mozarabic Rite, the bishop welcomed three new honorary canons. Dr. Eliseo Villa, the Revd Dr. Anthony Ball, International Office, Lambeth Palace, London, and the Revd Dr. James H. Cooper, rector of Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, were installed in their canon's stall by the dean, the Revd Susan Buell. The service was mainly in Spanish with English translation.
At the Eucharist, Bishop Carlos thanked Dr. Cooper for bringing the consultation to Spain. "This is an historic day for our cathedral," he stated, acknowledging the bishops. "And our time together this week will show us many miracles." He also thanked the many people from the Madrid Cathedral and St. Georges Anglican Chaplaincy for their hard work preparing to welcome their international guests.
Following a reception, the visitors made a stop at the Museo del Prado, before returning to El Escorial where the Walking to Emmaus, Discovering New Mission Perspectives in Changing Times consultation continues through Thursday, July 26. The consultation was convened by Trinity Church Wall Street as an opportunity for bishops of the Anglican Provinces in Africa and their companions in the Episcopal Church of the United States to strengthen relationships, develop mission partnerships, and discover new opportunities to bear witness to the Gospel.
The Revd Canon James Callaway of Trinity Church said, "The consultation is offering partners in faith and mission a communal space to further existing partnerships and find commonalities on which to build new relationships. This week, as bishops share their hopes and vision for mission as Anglicans in today's world, we look forward to a stronger communion committed to providing important resources to those in need around the world."
About Trinity Church and St Paul’s Chapel
Firmly rooted in the history of the city of New York and the nation, Trinity Church was established under British royal charter in 1697. The Episcopal parish, consisting of Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel, offers 18 worship services during the week and daily interdenominational prayers for peace at St. Paul's Chapel.
Parish ministries include Trinity Grants, providing funding to 85 countries since 1972; Trinity Institute's National Theological Conference; outreach efforts in lower Manhattan supporting the homeless at John Heuss House and the elderly at St. Margaret's House; music programs hosting more than 100 concerts each year through the Trinity Choir and Concerts @ One; a neighborhood preschool; and a premier website providing faith formation resources at www.trinitywallstreet.org.