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ACC Diocese of Southern Africa elects new Bishop

Jan 18, 2016

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Bishop Mdunyelwa (right) surveys progress on a new church building in his diocese

by John Omwake, editor of The Trinitarian

It took the Anglican Diocese of Southern Africa one ballot to elect the Right Reverend Dominic Sonwabo Mdunyelwa as the second Bishop Ordinary of the diocese.  Bishop Mdunyelwa, who has been Episcopal Visitor to the diocese, succeeds the Right Reverend Alan Kenyon-Hoare, who retired last year. He is 58 years old.

The electoral synod took place January 8th at St. Peter’s, Botshabelo, Free State Province, prior to the annual diocesan synod. Bishop Kenyon-Hoare presided with a warrant of election from Archbishop Haverland. Bishop Mdunyelwa was the only nominee. He was elected with all 24 lay votes and 15 of 19 clergy votes, with 4 abstentions.

The Diocese of Southern Africa consists of 23 parishes in the Free State, North West and Western Cape provinces and the Kei region of Eastern Cape Province in the Republic of South Africa.  It is one of four Anglican Catholic dioceses in the Republic of South Africa, the othe three being the Diocese of Christ the Redeemer, the Diocse of the North East, and the Diocese of Blessed Nehemiah Tile.

ACC has experienced a period of explosive growth in South Africa over the past few years, a trend that looks to continue under energetic leaders like Bishop Mdunyelwa.   

For the full story on this subject and others like it, see the upcoming issue of The Trinitarian.

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