Theological educational grants awarded in Caribbean, Latin America

February 28, 2012

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Commission for Theological Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CETALC) has awarded 34 grants in five categories for more than $366,000 to support the educational theological and formational needs of the church in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The grants were approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its January meeting.

CETALC was formed after the 1976 closing of the Episcopal Seminary of the Caribbean, located in Puerto Rico. At that time, the Episcopal Church Executive Council established the Trust Fund for Theological Education for Latin America and the Caribbean, with the funds from the sale of the property earmarked to support the theological education programs of the dioceses that were using the seminary.

The six categories of CETALC grants are: diocesan programs; provincial and regional programs; continued education; graduate studies; research and production; and Leonardo Romero (administrative).

Diocesan programs
• Colombia   $13,500.00
• Costa Rica     15,000.00
• Cuba      13,500.00
• Cuernavaca     13,500.00
• Dominican Republic    13,500.00
• Ecuador Central    10,200.00
• Ecuador Litoral    11,000.00
• El Salvador     11,000.00
• Guatemala     13,500.00
• Haiti      15,000.00
• Honduras     15,000.00
• Meridional Porto Alegre     6,000.00
• Mexico       7,500.00
• Northern Mexico    13,000.00
• Occidente de Mexico    13,000.00
• Panama     11,400.00
• Puerto Rico     15,000.00
• Rio de Janeiro     14,000.00
• Southeastern Mexico    13,500.00
• Venezuela     11,000.00
• Virgin Islands     12,000.00

Provincial and regional programs
IARCA – CAETS (Anglican Center for Higher Theological Studies).  $32,500.00

Continued education
• Jorge Urrutia Castro of Costa Rica  $5,000.00
• Luis Hernan Palacios of Colombia    1,000.00
• Ofelia Correa of Colombia           600.00
• Sam Dessordi of Brazil     5,000.00
• Sergio Leon of Colombia      1,000.00
• Washington Villamarin of Ecuador Central   5,000.00

Graduate Studies
• Asdrubal Toledo Izquierdo of Cuba  $5,000.00

Research and Prdouction of Theological Resources
• Clara Luz Ajo of Cuba    $5,000.00
• James H. Ottley of Cuernavaca Mexico    5,000.00
• Luis A. Olivetta of Western Mexico     3,000.00

Administrative work
• CETALC     $25,000.00
• CIAET        12,500.00

Membership

The following are the CETALC members:
• The Episcopal Church: Bishop Victor Scantlebury of Ecuador Central.
• Mexico: Bishop Lino Rodríguez Amaro; Sarai Osnaya, CETALC secretary
• IARCA: The Most Rev. Armando Guerra Soria, CETALC president; Sandra Cardona
• Province IX: Bishop Francisco Duque of Colombia; the Rev. Vaike Madisson, CETALC vice-president
• Brasil: Bishop Filadelfo Oliveira of Rio de Janeiro
• Cuba: The Rev. Dr. Marienela De La Paz
• Haiti:    The Rev. Alexander Soner
• Virgin Islands: Rosalie Simmonds Ballantine, Esq.
• Ex-Oficio: Amanda De La Cruz, CETALC treasurer
• Staff: Bishop Wilfrido Ramos; the Rev. Glenda McQueen

For more information contact McQueen at gmcqueen@episcopalchurch.org.

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