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The Bishop of Zonkwa, the Rt. Rev. Jacob Kwashi August 28, 2011

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Bishop-elect Jacob Kwashi

The House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria has elected the Very Rev Jacob Kwashi as the third Bishop of Zonkwa in the Ecclesiastical Province of Kaduna.  Meeting at the Ibru Center in Agbarha-Otor, Delta State on July 6,  the Nigerian bishops elected Dean Kwashi to succeed the Rt. Rev. Praises Omole-Ekun, who has become dean of the St Francis of Assisi Theological College in Wusasa, Zaria.

Here is a link to the announcement from the Church of Nigeria.

The Diocese of Zonkwa was carved out of Kafanchan Diocese on the 17 Sept 2004, and its first bishop, the Rt. Rev. Duke Akamisoko was consecrated on 19 March 2005.  The second bishop, Bishop Omole-Ekun was consecrated on 26 April 2009.  Bishop-elect Kwashi will be consecrated 25 September 2011 at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral  in Lagos.

Prior to his election, Bishop-elect Kwashi served as Dean of St Michael’s Cathedral in Kaduna.

As of the end of 2010 the Diocese consisted of 81 congregations served by 31 priests and 12 catechists, and has reported strong growth since its establishment in 2004.

I’ve delayed in posting this information as I have been searching for a photo.  Once I have a better one I will post it.

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The Suffragan Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America; Church of Nigeria, the Rt. Rev. Felix Orji August 19, 2011

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The Rt. Rev. Felix Orji, Suffragan Bishop of CANA

The House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria has confirmed the election of Canon Felix Orji as suffragan bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America.  Meeting at the Ibru Center in Agbarha-Otor, Delta State on July 6,  the Nigerian bishops affirmed the March 4 election by CANA of the new bishop suffragan to CANA bishop the Rt. Rev Martyn Minns.

According to the press release from the March election “Bishop-elect Felix Orji is rector of St. Francis on the Hill in El Paso, Texas, and a canon for CANA. He and Lillian, his wife, have four children. Dr. Orji typifies the cosmopolitan citizen, having had the privilege of making his home in three different nations: Nigeria, Canada, and the U.S. He has earned four graduate degrees from the University of Lagos, Regent College, Vancouver School of Theology, and a doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Dr. Orji was ordained in 1996 and served churches in Canada until 2004 when he moved to the U.S. From 2004 to 2008, he held various pastoral and diocesan leadership positions in the Diocese of the Rio Grande. He began serving St. Francis on the Hill in 2005. He served as a CANA delegate to the ACNA’s inaugural convention in 2009, and will be a CANA delegate to a meeting of ACNA jurisdictional leaders in Pittsburgh later this month.”

Here is a link to the Church of Nigeria announcement and the CANA announcement from the spring.  Bishop-elect Orji will be consecrated on Sept 25, 2011 at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral in Lagos.

Here are some links to news story concerning Canon Orji’s fight with the Diocese of the Rio Grande over the property of St Francis on the Hill.

A clerical error appears to have been made by the Anglican Communion News Service on this election.  The announcement from the Church of Nigeria of the episcopal elections of July 6 that appears on the ACNS website has been truncated.  The paragraph announcing Bishop-elect Orji’s election is missing from the ACNS version.

The Suffragan Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America: Church of Nigeria, the Rt. Rev. Julian Dobbs August 19, 2011

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The Rt. Rev. Julian Dobbs, Suffragan Bishop of CANA

The House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria has confirmed the election of the Ven. Julian Dobbs as suffragan bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America.  Meeting at the Ibru Center in Agbarha-Otor, Delta State on July 6,  the Nigerian bishops affirmed the March 4 election by CANA of the new bishop suffragan to CANA bishop the Rt. Rev Martyn Minns.

According to the press release from the March election “Bishop-elect Julian Dobbs currently serves as an archdeacon and missioner in CANA. He and Brenda, his wife, and their three children are natives of New Zealand and have resided in the U.S. since 2006. He was ordained in 1991 and went on to plant three congregations and served as the rector of the fastest growing congregation in New Zealand. Amongst his public outreach ministries, he hosted a weekly 60-minute television program.

From 2004 to 2008, Dobbs served as the Executive Director of the Barnabas Fund in New Zealand and in the U.S. While serving the Barnabas Fund, he worked in six continents to minister to persecuted Christians and to bring relief in times of natural disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami when he ministered in Aceh, Indonesia. In addition to his current duties of assisting CANA’s episcopate with pastoral issues and congregational development, Dobbs is one of 12 members of the ACNA’s Executive Committee and serves as chair of the ACNA’s task force on Islam.”

Here is a link to the Church of Nigeria announcement and the CANA announcement from the spring.  Bishop-elect Dobbs will be consecrated on Sept 25, 2011 at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral in Lagos.

A clerical error appears to have been made by the Anglican Communion News Service on this election.  The announcement from the Church of Nigeria of the episcopal elections of July 6 appears on the ACNS website has been truncated.  The paragraph announcing Bishop-elect Dobb’s election is missing from the ACNS version.

 

The Archbishop of Aba, the Most Rev. Ikechi Nwosu August 17, 2011

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Bishop Nwosu at ACC 14 in Kingston, Jamaica May 15, 2009

The House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria has elected the Bishop of Umuahia, the Rt. Rev. Ikechi Nwachukwu Nwosu to serve as the next archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Aba.  He will succeed the Most Rev.  Ugochukwu Uwaoma Ezuoke who is retiring.

Past performance appears to have been a guide for future behavior as this election, held at the House of Bishops meeting at the Ibru Center in Agbarha-Otor, Delta State on July 6, mirrored the pattern of the 2003 election for an Archbishop of Aba.

In 2003, the Bishop of Aba Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Augustine Iwuagwu retired.  He was succeeded by the Bishop of Umuahia, the Rt. Rev. Ugochukwu Ezuoke, and Dr. Nwosu was elected to be the new Bishop of Umuahia.

At this election Archbishop Ezuoke is being succeeded by Bishop Nwosu as Archbishop of Aba.  He remains Bishop of Umuahia.

The installation of the new archbishop will take place on Oct 11, 2011 at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Umuahia.

Here is a link to the announcement from the Church of Nigeria.

Mrs. Patience Nwosu, the Bishop's wife in Jerusalem at the Gafcon Conference

Archbishop Nwosu was in England in 2009 and preached at Christ Church, Virginia Water.  Here is a link to his talk on the cost of discipleship.  The new archbishop is a member of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) Theological Resource Group.  He is also the Church of Nigeria’s episcopal delegate to the Anglican Consultative Council.