NEWS RELEASE CHRIST CHURCH BY THE SEA

It is with great joy that the congregation of Christ Church by the Sea announces the installation of The Rev. Canon Robert Webster as its new permanent Rector.  The Right Reverend Ricardo Joel Gomez Osnaya, Bishop of the Diocese of the West, Anglican Church of Mexico, will officiate at the ceremony Sunday, March 24, at 10 AM.  Christ Church is located in the Center Courtyard Palapa at Plaza Genovesa, Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2015. All are welcome.

Fr. Bob hails from Winnipeg, Canada and has served as a priest of the Anglican Church for forty-seven years. Except for three years in a core area ministry, he has served parishes in Windsor, Ontario; Shuswap Lake, BC; and Winnipeg. He is married to Gerry Bohemier, and they have spent their winter months here for the past five years. Bob sings with a local choir SYNG! and paints in his spare time. He is excited to be part of this progressive and growing congregation in Puerto Vallarta.

Christ Church by the Sea was established by a group of local ex-pat Christians to provide English services to the community.  Janet Hoffman, one of the founding members, is still an active member today. The congregation was accepted and registered as a Mission of the Anglican Church of Mexico by Bishop Melchor Saucedo in 1991 and has since been granted Parish status in that Diocese.

The Anglican Church of Mexico is the oldest non-Roman Catholic church in the country, tracing its roots back to the Mexican War for Independence in 1810. In 1860 the Church sought leadership and guidance from the Episcopal Church in the United States and continued that affiliation until 1995.  At that time the Anglican Church of Mexico was recognized as an autonomous Province of the Worldwide Anglican Communion.

By George Fulton