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The Friends of the Diocese of Uruguay is a group of
individuals in the United Kingdom committed to praying and working on
behalf of the Diocese of Uruguay.
The group was formed in 1993 following a sabbatical
visit by the Revd. Charles Bradshaw to the Province of the Southern
Cone of America. The head of the Anglican Church in Uruguay at the
time, Bill Godfrey, who'd been consecrated Bishop in the late 1980s,
was instrumental together with Charles and a young lady, Cathy
Harrison who'd worked as a volunteer in Uruguay, in stimulating the
formation of the Group. Following the establishment of Uruguay as an
independent Diocese in the late 1980s, and its expansion under the
guidance of Bishop William, the need for ongoing support was
Michele Pollesel, a Canadian and fluent Spanish speaker is our Bishop who took over from Miguel Tamayo, a Cuban national, who had worked in Uruguay for some time and was consecrated Bishop when Bishop William left to take over as Bishop of Peru.
Through prayer, fundraising activities, visits, a regular newsletter and encouragement, the group is intimately involved in the ongoing development of the Anglican Church of Uruguay. Its primary aim is to raise funds for the support of the Diocese, both for specific Project work and for the support of normal Diocesan activities.
Please read our separate pages about our fund raising activities and how funds are used in Uruguay.
If you would like to become a "Friend" and help in any
way, please do not hesitate to contact
The photo above shows Bishops and some Clergy from the Southern Cone meeting with Archbisop Justin Welby in Santiago, Chile, on 7th September, 2014.
One of the Diocese' projects is the HiV hostel of San
Estaban. One previous resident of the hostel, Gabriela painted small
wooden crosses for sale to help raise funds for the ongoing support of
the hostel. Several of the crosses were bought on behalf of the
Archbishop of Canterbury for him to give to visitors. Please see our
page on the crosses for more detail.
Revd. Charles Bradshaw, one of our Committee Members, organised a visit to Uruguay for a small group of friends to co-incide with the consecration of a new Church in Salto. Please follow the links to Fund Raising for photos of the new Church of the Holy Spirit, Salto.
Nick, our Secretary, has some video footage of various Diocesan Projects and of most of the service of Consecration of the Church of the Holy Spirit, in Salto. If you would like a copy of the video footage (available in DVD format), please contact Nick. There will be a small charge to cover the cost of the DVDs and postage. The available DVDs are:-
The Diocese has its own website. Whilst predominantly
in Spanish, many pages are translated into English.
Our Links page will enable you to follow links to relevant pages on the Diocese' website.
We have endeavoured not to replicate the same content on this site
The crosses are no longer being made. We have a very small stock remaining. Go to the Crosses page for more details.