Personality and Health Psychology Laboratory
Reverend Michael Wm. MacGregor, Ph.D., R.D.Psych.

Anglican Church

Anglicanism is a tradition within Christianity that consists of churches with historical connections to the Church of England.  Adherents of Anglicanism are called Anglicans. The great majority of Anglicans are members of churches which are part of the international Anglican Communion.  The faith of Anglicans is founded in the scriptures, the traditions of the apostolic church, the apostolic succession (historic episcopate), and the early Church Fathers.  Unique to Anglicanism is the Book of Common Prayer, the collection of services that worshipers in most Anglican churches used for centuries. There is no single Anglican Church with universal juridical authority.  Each national or regional church has full autonomy.  The Anglican Communion is an association of those churches in full communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury.  With over eighty million members the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.


The terms Anglo-Catholic and Anglo-Catholicism describe people, beliefs, and practices within Anglicanism that affirm the Catholic rather than the Protestant  heritage and identity of the Anglican churches.  Anglo-Catholics generally appeal to the "canon" of St. Vincent of Lerins: "What everywhere, what always, and what by all of us has been credited, that is truly and properly Catholic. The Anglican Thirty-Nine Articles make distinctions between Anglican and Roman Catholic standings of doctrine.  Anglo-Catholic priests hear private confessions and anoint the sick, regarding these practices, as do Roman Catholics, as sacraments.  Anglo-Catholics share with Roman Catholics a belief in the sacramental nature of the priesthood, the sacrificial character of the Mass and the Real Presence of Christ in the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist.

Anglican Church of Tanzania
The Anglican Church of Tanzania is a member of the Anglican Communion. It consists of 21 diocese headed by their respective bishops.  The current Archbishop is the Most Reverend Valentino Mokiwa, the Bishop of the Diocese of Dar es salaam.  The Anglican Church of Tanzania is made up of Evangelical Anglican Church that owe their tradition to the Church Missionary Society and to Anglo-Catholic Anglican Churches.  In December 2006 the Anglican Church of Tanzania declared itself to be in "impaired communion" with The Episcopal Church of the United States of America over the ordination of practicing homosexuals and the blessing of same-sex unions.  The Anglican Church of Tanzania does not ordain women to Holy Orders.

Diocese of Masasi
Masasi is one of the sixteen Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. The Bishop is The Right Reverend James Almasi and he is supported in his mission by priests working in forty-five parishes, the diocesan staff at Masasi, medical workers in three Dispensaries, teachers at Rondo Junior Seminary, and faculty at St. Cyprian’s Theological College.  It is in this diocese that I am canonically resident.

More Information
If you would like more information about Anglicanism or the Anglican     Church of Tanzania you can visit the following websites: 
      Anglican Church of Tanzania
      Diocese of Masasi  
      Rondo Junior Seminary     
      St. Cyprian's Theological College   
      Anglican Essentials
      UK Friends of Masasi   

     The Church of England
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