By James Amoh Junior
The Anglican Diocese of Accra in the Internal Province of Ghana (IpG) is set to elect a Suffragan Bishop at a special synod to be held at the Saint Batholomew Anglican Church Teshie, on September 25, 2021, the office of the Diocesan Bishop has stated.
The Special Synod will be held under the auspices of Right Reverend Dr. Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Accra, on the theme: “…Be thou faithful…and thou shall receive a crown of life – Revelations 2:10”.
The Synod, which will witness delegates from all Parishes across the Anglican Diocese of Accra voting for their preferred nominated Clergy, will be preceded by a shortened form of Matins and Said Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit.
A Suffragan bishop is an assisting bishop who does not automatically succeed a Diocesan Bishop, and may be elected Bishop or Bishop Coadjutor.
The Anglican Diocese of Accra at the first session of the 24th Diocesan Synod announced the creation of a new diocese in Tema.
The carving out of the Tema Diocese, the Synod held, has become necessary due to the growing numbers of Parishes in the sprawling cosmopolitan city of Tema and its environs.
Also, it is to advance the Accra Diocese’s vision of church planting particularly in the Eastern part of the Greater Accra Region.
Therefore, a nine-member Committee was constituted to put forward an evidence-based research analysis to inform its decision and recommendation for the creation of the new Diocese.
The creation would bring to 12, the number of Dioceses in the Anglican Internal Province of Ghana, and when fully operational, would reduce the workload on the current Bishop of Accra who mostly traverses the entire region for pastoral duties.
In compliance to Canon Five of the Constitution of the Church of the Province of West Africa, the proposed boundary of the Tema Diocese will cover: Tema, Ashaiman, Prampram, New Ningo, Kpone-Katmanso, Dodowa, Ada, Boeko, Dangme East and its environs.