Companion Diocesan Links have been a means of developing relationships and mutual partnership in mission throughout the dioceses and parishes of the Anglican Communion for many years. The Diocese of North Philippines - The Episcopal Church of the Philippines is seeking a new link and has given information on the diocese below. If your diocese is interested in forming a link with them please respond directly to the Bishop.
To understand more of Anglican Diocesan Links please go to Guidelines for Companion Link Relationships
|Province:||The Episcopal Church of the Philippines|
|Diocese:||The Diocese of Northern Philippines|
|Bishop:||The Rt Revd Edward P Malecdan DD|
|Telephone:||+63 074 462 4099|
|Fax:||+63 074 602 1026|
Brief history of Diocese:
The Episcopal Church of the Philippines was founded as one Diocese in 1901. It was divided into three dioceses in 1971 which brought into being the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines (EDNP). EDNP was the biggest diocese so it divided in 1989 and again in 2002. EDNP has more or less 45,000 members serving in 7 parishes, 23 aided and probational parishes and more that 50 organised missions. The Diocese is served by the Bishop with his 42 clergy, assisted by 3 Deacon interns and more than 30 lay workers. The Diocese runs two high schools, one elementary school and one hospital.
Any previous or existing Links:
Reason for wanting a Link:
The Diocese has a lot of stories to tell but it has no Companion Diocese to share it with.
What expectations you have of the Link?
Never having a link with another Anglican Diocese, the Diocese is quite isolated from the outside world and particularly the Anglican Communion. Having a link will breach this gap and enrich our Diocese.
What part of the world you would like your Link to be?
One from Asia and one from the Anglican Church of Canada
Describe the style and patterns of church life and ministry in your diocese.
EDNP is very high Church and very ecumenical being part of the Church founded by Bishop Charles Henry Brent who brought to us the consciousness of ecumenicalism. The Diocese seeks to serve the people of God through its programme of renewal, evangelism and seeks to be financially independent by 2007.
Would you like your Link diocese to reflect or contrast with the pattern described above?
Except on the issues of financial authority EDNP would prefer a partner with the 'pattern' spelled out as above.
Signature of Bishop: Signed Date: 24 August 2004