Death of bishop credited with rebuilding the Anglican Church in Spain

Translation of release by Episcopal Reformed Church follows…

On the morning of January 10, 2012, due to his advanced age, died Bishop Arturo Sánchez Galán, fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Reformed Spanish Church (Anglican Communion).

At the express wish of the family, memorial worship of thanksgiving for the life of D. Arturo Sanchez will be held on Sunday January 14 at 11:00 am in the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Madrid, Calle Charity 18.

Spanish Protestantism has lost one of its most prominent members. He was President of the FEREDE, during the difficult years of negotiating co-operation agreements between the Spanish State and the Protestant churches. Fresh from the Franco regim, Spanish Anglicans owed the beginning of the renewal of the Church to him.

The Reverend D. Arturo Sanchez was born in Cózar (Ciudad Real) in 1926. In his youth he became a member of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, where he was noted for his commitment and dedication, was formed by the second Bishop pastorally the IERE, Rt. D. Martin Santos Molina. He was ordained a deacon on May 15, 1958 and priest on May 31, 1959.

A large part of his ministry was spent in the city of Valencia, where he moved with his family in 1957. He was rector of the Church of Jesus Christ in that city, and from there served the national church in different ministries.

A member of the Standing Committee and Vice President of the same on several occasions, coordinated the Youth Department IERE, and founded the house of Villa Adelfos camps in Alcocebre (Castellón), which has trained several generations of young Anglicans and Protestants Spanish several foreign countries.

Translated from a notice issued by the Iglesia Española Reformada Episcopal, www.anglicanos.org

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