The Archdeacon of Gibraltar, Rev. Geoff Johnston, has sent this message regarding the Archdeaconry’s relationship with the Anglican diocese of Peru.
Update on the Anglican Diocese of Peru
In July 2015, three Peruvian priests were consecrated as suffragan bishops in the Anglican Diocese of Peru. With the retirement of Bishop Bill Godfrey in April of this year, Jorge Agular was installed to replace him as Bishop of Peru, marking the first time in its history that Peru has had an indigenous diocesan bishop. The Diocese is now divided into five areas of work, three of which are the responsibility of the new bishops, and two of which are led by “regional vicars”.
In addition to leading the Diocese, Bishop Jorge has particular responsibility for the Lima area and the coast south to Ica.
Bishop Alejandro Mesco trained at an evangelical seminary prior to ordination as an Anglican priest. A native Quechua speaker, he has previously worked in Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, and as suffragan his work will now focus on the Cusco region in the south-eastern Andes.
Bishop Juan Carlos Revilla was a Roman Catholic seminarian before being ordained as an Anglican. His ministry has mainly been in Arequipa, where for many years he was parish priest of Cristo Redentor. He now has responsibility for the Chiclayo and Cajamarca regions in northern Peru.
Carlos Quispe is the new regional vicar of the Arequipa region, in the south. A former Roman Catholic priest, he has previously undertaken several roles in Lima and Huancayo.
Misael Varillas takes over as regional vicar of Huancayo, in the central Andes to the east of Lima.
The proposed visit by some members of our Archdeaconry to Peru this autumn will unfortunately not be taking place, but it is hoped that a visit can be arranged for next year.
Please pray for Bishop Bill and his wife Judith in retirement and for the three Bishops in Peru and the two regional vicars. Pray too for our Archdeaconry link and for its development.