Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Brazil takes “decisive steps towards gender equality” with election of its first female bishop

From ACNS-

The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil – the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil (IEAB) – has elected its first female bishop, some 34 years after the province first paved the way for women to serve in all three orders of ministry. The Revd Canon Marinez Santos Bassotto was elected on Saturday (20 January) as the next Bishop of the Amazon during a meeting at Belém, in the northern Brazillian state of Pará. She will succeed Bishop Saulo Mauricio de Barros, who retired last November. The province was one of the first in the Anglican Communion to official open the episcopate to women in 1983. Its first female deacons were ordained in 1984 and its first female priests in 1985.

Bishop-elect Marinez Bassotto is currently the priest in the Southern Diocese’s (Meridional) parish of São Paulo in the city of Cachoeirinha near Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sol, southern Brazil. She has previously served as Dean of the National Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Porto Alegre. Originally from Rio Grande do Sul, the 46-year-old priest is married to Paulo Bassotto; and the couple have two daughters.

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