New Archbishop elected for the Indian Ocean

Aug 28, 2017 by

From Anglican Ink: The Bishop of the Seychelles, the Rt. Rev. James Wong Yin Song, has been elected Archbishop of the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean, in succession to Archbishop Ian Ernest. At its Provincial Synod held at St Andrew’s Church in Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius on 26 August 2017.

Archbishop Wong was selected by the 24 delegates — three from each diocese in the province —  from amongst four candidates for the office — with the three other candidates serving dioceses in Madagascar.

Archbishop Wong (57) is a native of the island of Rodrigues and was granted Seychellois citizenship in 2015.  He was ordained priest in 1983 by Bishop French Chang-Him of the Seychelles and served in three parishes in the Diocese of Mauritius, St James in Port Louis, the North in Pamplemousses and St Thomas in Beau Bassin, before he was appointed Archdeacon of Mauritius. In April 2009 he was elected fourth Bishop of the Seychelles. Before his episcopal election, he was active in ecumenical affairs, serving as General Secretary of the Fellowship of Christian Churches of Mauritius and Chairman of Scripture Union Mauritius. He will assume office at the close of synod on 27 Aug 2017.

[Editor’s note: I’m told by those who have worked in the Province of the Indian Ocean that this appointment is very good news for those with clear theologically orthodox convictions.]

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