Shield The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth  
Nov. 5, 2010

Report from the Synod of the Southern Cone


[from TitusOneNine]

Bishop Tito ZavalaThe tenth Synod of the Province of the Southern Cone of America, meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1-5 November, 2010, has elected Bishop Hector "Tito" Zavala of Chile as its next Primate replacing Bishop Gregory Venables. Bishop Zavala becomes the province's first Primate of Chilean extraction. The role of Primate is a three year renewable term in the Cone. Bishop Venables is not retiring, but will maintain his present position as Bishop of Argentina and Northern Argentina. In another closely followed vote, the possibility of allowing women's ordination to the priesthood in those dioceses that so affirmed to move ahead (local option) was turned down by the house of clergy; the other two houses voted in favor.


Note: Bishop Zavala was in the diocese in September when he attended the meeting of the board of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. Bishop William Godfrey of Peru, a member diocese of the Southern Cone, will be our special guest at diocesan convention on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 & 13.