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The Acting Bishop of Central Ecuador, the Rt. Rev. Victor Scantlebury October 6, 2011

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Bishop Victor Scantlebury

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has appointed the Assistant Bishop of Chicago, the Rt. Rev. Victor Scantlebury, to serve as the acting Bishop of Central Ecuador.  His appointment came on Sept 20, 2011 at a meeting of the US House of Bishops in Quito.

Here is the bishop’s biography as printed on the Diocese of Chicago’s website:

For the Rt. Rev. Victor Scantlebury, assistant bishop of the Diocese of Chicago, the Episcopal Church has been at the center of his faith development since childhood.

A native of the Republic of Panama, Bishop Scantlebury served as an acolyte, choir member, lay reader and Sunday School teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Panama City. After four years as a news cameraman for a Panama TV station, Scantlebury entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Caribbean, graduating in 1973 with a Master of Divinity.

He was ordained deacon in October 1973 and priest in August 1974. His first call as priest was to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Villa Caceres, Panama where he served as priest—in-charge for 11 years. In 1985 he was called as rector of his childhood parish, St. Paul’s, in Panama City, serving there until his election as bishop suffragan of Panama in 1991. In 1994 he accepted Bishop Alfred Marble’s invitation to oversee a cross-cultural congregation and assist with Episcopal ministry in the Diocese of Mississippi. Along with presiding at confirmations and ordinations, Scantlebury was also involved in prison ministry in Mississippi and with renewal programs such as Cursillo and Kairos Ministry.

Scantlebury’s experience as suffragan of Panama and his extensive work on national and provincial levels were leading factors in Bishop William Persell’s choice of him as assistant bishop. His national church service includes the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council from 1985 to 1991, and the board of the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief from 1988 to 1992. He also has a longstanding interest in youth ministry, having served as youth coordinator for Province IX from 1977 to 1986. He is currently a member of the planning committee for the House of Bishops, Bishops Working for a Just Society, the House of Bishops Structure of the Church Committee, the College for Bishops Advisory Committee and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Augustine College in Chicago.

Scantlebury and his wife Marcia reside in Oak Park near Grace Episcopal Church. They have been married for over 30 years and have three grown children in Mississippi and Texas: daughters Victoria and Varsha, and son Victor. Marcia worked as a GED (General Equivalency Degree) instructor for the Jackson Public Schools, and in Panama was a preschool teacher.

Scantlebury has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Panama, and a Master’s of Divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Caribbean. He was ordained deacon in 1973 and priest in 1974.

An avid baseball fan, Scantlebury has been rooting for the Chicago Cubs since his days as a TV news camera man in the late 1960s. He also follows the New York Yankees because of its relief pitcher from Panama, Mariano Rivera.

The former Bishop of Central Ecuador, the Rt. Rev. Luis Ruiz, had resigned. Bishop Scantlebury will serve until a new bishop is elected. Here is a link to a story about the appointment.

The Bishop of South Ankole, the Rt. Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe October 4, 2011

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The House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda has elected the first bishop of the Diocese of South Ankole, Canon Nathan Ahimbisibwe.

Here is the announcement from Canon George Bagamuhunda, the Provincial Secretary:

The House of Bishops of the Church of the Province of Uganda sitting at Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo on September 28, 2011 elected Rev. Canon Nathan Ahimbisibwe as the 1st Diocesan Bishop of the newly created South Ankole Diocese. The Diocese was carved out both Ankole and West Ankole Dioceses.

The Rev. Canon Nathan Ahimbisibwe holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Christian Education from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississipi in the USA; a Bachelor of Divinity from Uganda Christian University, Mukono and a Diploma in Education.

He joined the priesthood in 1997 under the Diocese of Ankole and was appointed Canon of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Bweranyangi. Rev. Canon Ahimbisibwe has served as Lecturer at Bishop Stuart University in Mbarara; Tutor of theological Education by Extension in Ankole Diocese; and Director of Admissions/ Lecturer at Uganda Bible Institute. He has also served on various Boards.

Currently, he serves as the Chaplain at St. James Chapel, Makerere University Business School. He is married to Lillian Ahimibisbwe and they have four children together.

His consecration and enthronement will take place at St. Matthew’s Church Kyamate, Ntungamo on the January 8, 2012.

The Monitor also has a report on the new bishop.  Its Oct 3 story said:

The Anglican Church of Uganda has created a new diocese in the western region to bring Christian services closer to believers.

The new South Ankole Diocese, which was carved out of Ankole and West Ankole Dioceses, brings the number of dioceses to 34.

The House of Bishops from the Church of the Province of Uganda on September 29 elected the Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe as the bishop for the newly-created South Ankole Diocese. The Rev. Ahimbisibwe was previously the Chaplain of St. James Chapel, Makerere University Business School.

According to the Rev. George Bagamuhunda, the provincial secretary, Ahimbisibwe’s consecration and enthronement will take place at St. Matthew’s Church Kyamate, Ntungamo District, on January 8 . A press statement issued yesterday, indicates that the Rev. Ahimbisibwe holds a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississipi, USA, a Bachelor of Divinity from Uganda Christian University, Mukono and a Diploma in Education.

“He joined priesthood in 1997 under the Diocese of Ankole and was appointed Canon of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Bweranyangi; it said. The Rev. Ahimbisibwe has served as lecturer at Bishop Stuart University in Mbarara, tutor of theological education by extension in Ankole Diocese and director of admissions/ lecturer at Uganda Bible Institute.

A senior official of the church disclosed that three more dioceses will be created in Lango, West Nile and Busoga regions to extend church administration to Christians.

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.

The Bishop of San Joaquin, the Rt. Rev. Eric Menees August 24, 2011

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The Rt. Rev. Eric Menees

The Rt. Rev.  Eric Menees will be consecrated as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin on Sept 24, 2011 at the People’s Church in Fresno, California.  Archbishop Robert Duncan announcedthe date of his consecration on Aug 20 along with the date of two other consecrations for the ACNA.

On Dec 8, 2007 the San Joaquin diocesan convention voted to withdraw from the Episcopal Church and affiliate with the Province of the Southern Cone.  Bishop John-David Schofield resigned his membership in the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops and was received into the Southern Cone.  Litigation ensued between the diocese, the national church and a loyalist faction in California.

At this stage there are two dioceses of San Joaquin—Bishop Menees was elected bishop of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin on May 14, 2011.  Here is a link to the latest legal development.  The former suffragan bishop of Los Angeles, the Rt. Rev. Chester Talton is the acting bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.

 

The Bishop of Cascadia, the Rt. Rev. Kevin Bond Allen August 23, 2011

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The Rt. Rev. Kevin Bond Allen

The Rt. Rev.  Kevin Bond Allen will be installed as first bishop of the Diocese of Cascadia—on Sept 30, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  Archbishop Robert Duncan announcedthe date of his consecration on Aug 20 along with the date of two other consecrations for the ACNA.

The diocese of Cascadia was organized by the ACNA in 2008 and began with 8 congregations in the Pacific Northwest of the United States in Western Washington including two former Episcopal congregations that had been under the oversight of the Diocese of Recife.  At its June 25, 2011 meeting of Synod, the vicar general of the Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Richard Boyce of the Reformed Episcopal Church announced the diocese had grown to 11 congregations with a further congregation in formation.

The synod also elected, by a unanimous vote, the Rev. Kevin Bond Allen, rector of St Brendan’s Anglican Church, as its first bishop.

Here is a link to a Seattle Times report on the formation of the diocese.

 

The General Secretary of the Bible Society of India, the Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko August 22, 2011

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A 2009 photo of Dr. M. Mani Chacko, the new general secretary of the Bible Society of India

The Bible Society of India released a statement on July 27, 2011 announcing the appointment of the Rev. Dr. M Mani Chacko as its general secretary following the retirement of Dr. BK Pramanik.

Dr. Chacko is the director of the Ecumenical Christian Centre Whitefield, Bangalore. He is an ordained minister of the Church of South India and has served congregations in Kolkata and Chennai and earned a PhD from King’s College, University of London.

Prior to his assuming the Directorship of the ECC in 2006, he was Principal of the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai, serving as Professor and Head of the Department of Old Testament Studies from 1990-2006.  He also taught at the University of Serampore and has been a visiting professor at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies in Bangalore and the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway.

A linguist, Dr. Chacko is well-versed in German, Greek, Hebrew apart from English and a clutch of Indian languages, the press release stated.

Here is a news article from India announcing the appointment that has some comments from Dr. Chacko.

The Bishop of the Mid-Atlantic, the Rt. Rev. John Guernsey August 21, 2011

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The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey

The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey will be installed as first bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic—formerly known as the Anglican District of Virgina—on Sept 10, 2011 at Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia.  Archbishop Robert Duncan announced the date of his investiture on Aug 20 along with the date of two other consecrations for the ACNA.

Bishop Guernsey was bishop of the Diocese of the Holy Spirit in the ACNA—a non-geographic diocese with parishes spread across the Eastern Seaboard of the US.  It was one of the first ACNA ecclesiastical groups formed in response to the parish secessions from the Episcopal Church.

In what may be an Anglican first, Bishop Guernsey voted (along with his diocese) to make himself job-less, and then stood for election on May 21, 2011 as bishop for the new diocese.

Bishop Guernsey was consecrated on Sept 2, 2007 by Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda after the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda elected him to serve as an assistant bishop for the Church of Uganda overseeing 26 churches that had broken away from the Episcopal Church.  Here is a link to a Washington Times story on his consecrations.  Following the formation of the Anglican Church in North America Bishop Guernsey was translated from the Church of Uganda to the new province as Bishop of the Diocese of the Holy Spirit, and while be translated a third time on Sept 10 to the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.

A personal note here—-I first met Bishop Guernsey in 1997 at the Philadelphia General Convention of the Episcopal Church.  At that time I was a chaplain at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia—approximately two blocks from the convention center that would be the site for the Episcopal Church’s meeting of bishops and diocesan deputies.  John was one of the leaders of the American Anglican Council and a deputy from Virginia.  It was honored to help Bishop John and the AAC at the convention with organizing and assisting with their work at the convention.  I found Bishop John to be a man of integrity, humility and possessing (and displaying in his word and deeds) a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ.

Far too many bishops are chosen because they are technocrats, possessing the skills or experience a diocese thinks it needs at the moment, others are politician—skilled at working the ecclesiastical system, while yet others are safe hands, ‘company men’ who have waited their turn, played the game well and are receiving their reward for their patience.

Bishop John, I have found in the 15 years I have known him, is the sort of man who matches all the qualities listed in 1 Timothy 3:2-7.  (A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. )—along with these qualities he is a man of prayer.

This is not to say that the other bishops I have listed on these pages do not possess these qualities.  Rather I am here offering a personal appreciation of someone whom I have known since the start of my ministry.

Episcopal Commissary for the Diocese of Hyderabad, the Rt. Rev. Irfan Jamil August 19, 2011

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The Rt. Rev. Irfan Jamil, Bishop co-adjutor of Lahore

On June 23, 2011 the Bishop of Hyderabad, the Rt. Rev. Rafique Masih retired.  The Bishop coadjutor of Lahore, the Rt. Rev. Irfan Jamil, has been appointed episcopal commissary, or interim bishop, of the diocese until a new bishop is elected.

On Feb 5, 2011 Bishop Jamil was consecrated as coadjutor to the Rt. Rev. Alexander Malik at the Cathedral Church of the Resurrection in Lahore.  He will assume office as Bishop of Lahore upon Bishop Malik’s retirement in 2012.

Prior to his election the new bishop served as vicar of St. Thomas Church, Islamabad and Advisor to the Bishop of Lahore for Evangelism.  He also served for 17 years as general secretary of the Pakistan Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

The bishop took part in the ACC’s Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative in Feb 2011 in Kuala Lumpur.  He was also a strong critic of Terry Jones, the US pastor who threatened the burn the Koran and subsequently created a backlash against Christians living in majority Muslim countries.

The Bishop of Multan, the Rt. Rev. Leo Rodrick Paul August 19, 2011

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The Rt. Rev. Leo Paul, Bishop of Multan. The Rt. Rev. Humphrey Peters is handing the new bishop his staff, while Bishop Mano Ramulshah, Bishop Azad Marshall and a third bishop look on.

The Rev. Leo Rodrick Paul has been elected the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Multan in the Church of Pakistan.  Meeting at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Multan on June 3, 2011, the delegates to the synod were able to elect a new bishop after seven years of internal dispute.  A diocesan spokesman told the Fellowship of St Thomas,  “We are grateful to the Lord for this achievement after a struggle of almost 7 years in electing the fourth Bishop of Multan. We look forward to your prayers and support in the future.”

The consecration of Bishop Paul was held at Lahore Cathedral on June 19, 2011 and was led by the Moderator of the Church of Pakistan, the Rt. Rev. Samuel Azariah.

A report in the Frontier News, the Diocese of Peshawar’s magazine stated: “The Peshawar Diocese has a long history of working closely with the Diocese of Multan, our previous Bishop of Peshawar, the Rt. Revd. Mano Rumalshah remained Commissary Bishop of Multan for a long time. Similarly, the Rt. Revd. Humphrey Peters, Bishop of Peshawar also served the Multan Diocese as its Commissary. The Diocese of Peshawar also played a vital role in the whole election process of the Multan Diocese.  We hope that the Diocese of Multan will further flourish and develop under the new leadership of the Rt. Revd. Leo, Bishop of Multan.”

The Pakistan Christian Post has an amusing, if unconfirmed, account of the failed 2007 election for a bishop.

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.