Canon Ariel Irrazabel

I am Canon Ariel Irrazábal, a pastor in the Anglican Diocese of Argentina. For the past 13 years, I have been closely connected with The Mission to Seafarers. Initially, I served as a Port Chaplain in various parts of Brazil, and now I continue my service as a Chaplain in the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Additionally, I hold the position of Honorary Rector at the Anglican Church of All Saints in Quilmes, and I am also collaborating with St. Mark Parish in Hurlingham – both vibrant communities in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires.

My life journey is intertwined with that of Gabriela, my wife, and together, we embrace the role of a missionary couple. Our hearts burn with zeal for spreading the joyful message of Jesus. Gabriela, an accomplished theologian, is dedicated to faith education for adolescents and young adults. We are blessed with a 9-year-old son, Francisco.

Though I was born in Uruguay, Argentina has become my chosen home. This nation has graciously opened its doors to me, and within its borders, I have found a church family that has not only welcomed us but has also instilled in us the distinct ethos and essence of Anglican life.

Living in Argentina awakened a deep thirst within me for theological understanding. At the age of 47, I embarked on a transformative journey to pursue a doctorate in theology. I believe that I possess a unique and authentic perspective to contribute to theological knowledge – a core aspiration of doctoral study. While I may not envision a formal role in educational ministry, I do feel a resounding call to communicate, in a more authentic and precise manner, the divine workings amidst His people.

The essence of “first” theology is embodied in the lives of believers who encounter and cultivate a personal relationship with God. On the other hand, “second” theology seeks to articulate, convey, and illuminate God’s actions in ways that resonate with the people of our contemporary world and diverse cultures.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to SAMS Ireland for their unwavering support throughout this arduous doctoral journey. Their assistance has been invaluable in enabling me to pursue this academic pursuit alongside my ongoing commitments. Your understanding and tireless dedication contribute significantly to advancing God’s mission in South America.

With profound appreciation,

Canon Ariel Irrazábal


Chris Wallis, Abundant Life Course, N. Argentina

As I reflect on the past few months, I am reminded of Joseph’s special cloak, which some interpret as being of many colours while others emphasise its long sleeves. Regardless of the exact details, what made it special was the deep affection his father had for him. In the midst of my contemplation, I cannot help but give thanks to my heavenly Father for the extraordinary variety of experiences He continues to bless me with in His immense generosity. My prayer is that I may become more generous in giving back as much as I receive.



Bermejo team in Bogota

Allow me to share just a few of these vibrant experiences:

  • Teaching Lectio Divina in the diocese’s course for future indigenous pastors has taught me invaluable lessons on reading the Bible and deepening my prayer life.
  • Facilitating SEAN’s Abundant Life course in the Wichí language to two church groups in the Rivadavia area of Salta province has revealed the deep longing of the Wichí people to know and understand God’s Word.
  • Teaching interpretation and translation to approximately 30 Wichí students who are preparing to become interpreters in the judicial system has opened my eyes to the incredible richness and beauty of language.
  • Working closely with a dedicated team of six Wichí men and women from the Bible Society, who are embarking on the translation of the New Testament into the Bermejo dialect of the Wichí language, has truly amazed me. Their genuine care and support for one another is truly inspiring.

Interpreters Workshop



As I reflect on these colourful areas of ministry, I feel a calling to make this Bible translation project my primary focus in the months and years ahead. I humbly ask for your prayers and support for this very special team as we embark on this significant undertaking.

Thank you for joining me in prayer and for being part of this mission. Together, let us embrace the diversity of God’s work and seek to make a lasting impact in the lives of the Wichí people.

In gratitude and with heartfelt blessings,

Chris Wallis

Rev. Andrés Lenton visit

Rev. Andrés Lenton, from Buenos Aires will be visiting the church at Lisburn on Sunday 4th June.

For those who are unable to see him in person, there is the opportunity to pray and hear about some the work of the church in Buenos Aires on Monday, the 5th of June at 4 pm via zoom.

For registration details please either email, or click on the jotform link below to receive the details after completing your name and email.


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