San Andres is a Hispanic Latino Episcopal congregation; one of many in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The Episcopal Diocese belongs to a confederation of dioceses, which is known as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, which was formalized in 1789. The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States in turn belongs to the Anglican Communion, an association of independent Churches that follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, and as such, uphold and proclaim the Catholic and Apostolic faith, based upon the Scriptures, interpreted in light of tradition, scholarship and reason. The Anglican Communion is historically tied with England. It is unknown when the Christian Church was first established in England, but in 596 Pope Gregory I sent Augustine, with approximately 40 monks, as missionaries. Augustine was later made the first Archbishop of Canterbury. The Church in England separated from Rome, after the Reform movement in 1570 when Pope Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth I. The Churches in the Anglican Communion regard the Archbishop of Canterbury as their spiritual leader, believe that they are a part of God's holy and true Church, and also affirm that God works in other communions and traditions. The Anglican Church strives for unity in fellowship and faith with these traditions.