Thursday, November 21, 2013

More Latinos Convert from Catholics to Protestants; the Latin Wave in the Anglican Church

Staff Writer
Nov. 20, 2013

The Virgin of Guadalupe stands ready to hear special prayers within the sanctuary of Christ Episcopal Church in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood. The appearance of the Virgin in Episcopal churches is a result of an influx of Latinos into the historically Anglo faith. (Photo : David Wilfong)

You can't get much more "Anglo" than the Anglican Communion, known in the United States as the "Episcopal Church." But in border areas like Texas, this church is starting to show the effects of an influx of Hispanics into its congregations. Long associated with attending Roman Catholic churches, the Hispanic Episcopalians reflect a growing trend of Latinos in Protestant churches across the U.S. Episcopalians are not known to be quite as adoring of the Virgin Mary as the Roman Catholics; but in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, a portrait of the Virgin of Guadalupe, in her trademarked green cloak, is prominently displayed in the front of St. Matthew's Cathedral. It was installed during a special bilingual ceremony in 2003.

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