The Diocese of Texas has a formal companion relationship with the Diocese of Costa Rica in the Anglican Church of Central America.
La Iglesia Episcopal Costarricense of the Anglican Church of Central America is home to 17 congregations scattered mainly in the central valley and on the Caribbean coast. The Caribbean coast, which has been largely English-speaking and Afro-Caribbean in culture and ethnicity, is changing due to a continuing influx of migrating Costa Ricans and immigrant Nicaraguans who are more ethnically Spanish and mestizo in lineage, culture and language.
The diocese is planting churches, opening whole-child learning and wellness centers in impoverished communities, expanding an HIV/AIDS women’s co-op, partnering with coffee producers and much more. The Diocese House in San Jose is home to a 30-bed guest accommodation, a full-time American Companion Officer and is close to language schools. The Diocese of Costa Rica understands itself to be a missionary church and grabs onto big ideas and expects the Spirit to lead in miraculous ways.
The diocese focuses primarily in three areas: 1) Expansion of the church, 2) Christian education and theological reflection, and 3) Christian testimony through service.
For more information about this companion diocese relationship, contact the Rev. Eileen O'Brien, Diocese of Texas liaison.
To schedule a mission trip to Costa Rica, contact Roger Pennant Grant, the Companion Diocese Officer.