Episcopal Church of Brazil Elects Primate

Diocesan Press Service. October 16, 1972 [72149]

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (DPS) -- The Rt. Rev. Arthur R. Kratz, Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Brazil since 1971, has been elected the second Primate of the Episcopal Church of Brazil (Igreja Episcopal do Brasil). He succeeded the Most Rev. Egmont Machado Krischke, who died a few months ago.

Born in Pelotas, R.S., Brazil in 1922, he graduated from Pelotense College in 1937, and received his B.D. degree from the theological seminary at Porto Alegre, R.S., Brazil, in 1946. He was ordained a priest in 1948 and was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Brazil in 1971.

During his ministry as a priest, he served as curate and rector of churches in Slo Gabriel, Pelotas, Sio Paulo, Santa Rita, Ararangua, Rosario, and Porto Alegre.

For a time he was principal editor of the Estadarte Cristo, the newspaper of the national church.

The new Primate is a Priest Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross, West Park, N.Y., in the United States.

He is married to the former Maria Rodrigues and they have two daughters.