Solidarity with 1st female bishop

The Anglican Diocese of Amazonia is the youngest missionary diocese of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil(12 years). Even being the youngest, it was the one that took “decisive steps towards gender equality” with the election of its first female bishop in Brazil. The Brazilian Province was one of the first in the Anglican Communion to officially open ordinations to women in 1983. Its first female deacon and priest was ordained in 1985.
Bishop-elect Marinez Bassotto is currently a priest in Porto Alegre, Diocese Meridional. In 1999 she became Dean at the age of 29 – the second woman to serve as dean in the Province; and the first at Porto Alegre, serving for 17 years as dean at the National Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Originally from Rio Grande do Sul, the 46-year-old priest is married to Paulo Bassotto; and the couple have two daughters.
Currently she is the Custodian of the Brazilian Book of Common Prayer. (Read more here:

Unfortunately, the diocese doesn't have the total the means to support the newly elected bishop. They can provide the Bishop's staff and the Episcopal ring, but we, her friends, are trying to raise enough money to acquire the basic episcopal vestments for her ministry.
We are collecting donations for the following items: a mitre, a cope, Bishop's rochet, wrist bands for rochet, Bishop's Chimere, Bishop's cassock, two episcopal blouses and the Episcopal pectoral cross.
The date for her consecration was recently set and the short time window makes the process to acquire the bishop's apparel more difficult.
She will be Consecrated bishop on April 21, and her enthronement is set the following day. 
Our church has for many years been proclaiming the Good News in Christ that women and men should have equal opportunities to be church leaders among those in need. Your support would help us to empower women's ministry in the Brazilian context. 
We are grateful for your interest, support and prayers. To be the first creates a high level expectation, and it is already hard enough  for a woman in a role that was for many centuries attributed to men.
We believe bishop Marinez will be a role model for many girls in the Amazonia area. Amazonia is a place were women's empowerment is much needed. May Christ be seen by all through this prophetic election and consecration.
Thank you for any and all support you can offer.
28435690_15211819450_r.jpegBelow some pictures of the bishop-elect:

  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 43 mos
  • Angelica Garcia-Randle 
    • $105 
    • 43 mos
  • Jamesetta Glosson Hammons 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • Gayle Fisher-Stewart 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Elizabeth Diaz 
    • $25 
    • 43 mos
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Sam Dessordi Leite 
Washington D.C., DC
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