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New bishops consecrated for South Africa and Pakistan

Mar 11, 2015

Consecrations

Bishops from four Continents: (L to R) Bishop Alan Kenyon-Hoare, Bishop Mushtaq Andrew, Archbishop Mark Haverland, Bishop Dominic Mdunyelwa, Bishop Solomzi Mentjies

Late last month two new bishops were consecrated for rapidly growing areas in the Anglican Catholic Church. 

On the Feast of St. Kentigern, in the parish church of Ngqamakhwe, Transkei, Archbishop Mark Haverland was joined by Bishops Alan Kenyon-Hoare and Solomzi Mentjies in consecrating Dominic Sonwabo Mdunyelwa as the Diocese of South Africa's third functioning bishop, and Mushtaq Father Andrew as the first bishop for the Diocese of Lahore, Pakistan.  The consecrations were marked by great enthusiasm particularly in the form of massed Xhosa choirs and feasting after the service.

Other business included discussion of changes to diocesan canons due to the ACC's very rapid growth in South Africa and to the retirement of Bishop Kenyon-Hoare as a bishop ordinary.  On the subject of clergy education, a highly productive meeting took place between ACC bishops and the leaders of the East Mountain, a training center dedicated to developing Christian Leaders for global missional service. 

Finally, the Archbishop met with bishops from two other ecclesial bodies who are inclined to join the ACC, both with many clergy and thousands of membersThe reception of groups, along with the recent addition of Bishop David Mkhize and his diocese, will make the Diocese of South Africa the fastest growing area in the ACC.

Upon his return from South Africa, Archbishop Haverland summarized the situation there saying

It seems likely to me that ACC’s next Province might not be the Province of Africa (with its vast extent and complications for travel and administration), but a more compact and practical Province of South Africa.  In any case, it is a very exciting time for the ACC in South Africa, as our years of patient work, relative stability, and rule of law, have impressed outsiders.  I returned home with many happy memories and with great optimism that our Lord has good things indeed in store for us in that beautiful country.

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