"Deacons from Dallas (U.S.A.), Argentina, Uruguay and Cuba met with deacons and lay ministers from Peru for a week long conference at the end of April and beginning of May . The purpose was to enrich and encourage deacons in their office and ministry and to promote the 'permanent diaconate' in the Diocese of Peru". "The Diocese of Peru aims to encourage and promote the 'permanent diaconate' as a significant and central ministry. The Diocese of Dallas, through its Bishop, the Rt. Rev. James Stanton, has played an important role in developing the permanent diaconate , and this has been a major source of inspiration and encouragement to Bishop William [Godfrey]". Includes photo.
"Churches in South America have been growing at a phenomenal rate, but according to the Bishop of Peru, the Rt. Rev. Bill Godfrey, and his team of lay workers, there has been a gap. 'If you ask the average person in Peru if they are a Christian, the majority will say they are, but how that makes a difference in their day to day lives is much more limited', said lay worker Paul Tester. 'A lot of people don't have the word discipleship in their vocabulary and we've been trying to help people understand what it means to be a disciple of Christ'. A new programme called Christian Life and Formation was set up a year ago by Bishop Bill. He said, 'We haven't used the word discipleship because in Spanish the word formation explains it better'." "The small team of lay people including Paul Tester and Anna Sims, both working in Peru with CMS, and Peruvian lay workers Lizbeth Varillas and Sonia Chambi .... has been helping parishes look at how they are in the light of six strands which includes the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, a personal relationship with Jesus, Scripture and the Sacraments".