Sekondi Diocese of Anglican Church gets new Bishop


The Right Reverend Alexander Kobina Asmah, has been ordained the new Bishop for the Sekondi Diocese of the Anglican Church in the Western Region, at the Cathedral Church of St Andrew the Apostle at Sekondi, on Saturday.

The Primate  of the  Church  of   Province of  West Africa, Anglican Communion  and the Metropolitan  Archbishop of Kumasi, Most  Rev. Dr. Daniel Yinka  Sarfo, who presided over the event, was supported  by about 20  Bishops  from  Ghana,  Sierra Leone, Liberia, The  Gambia and  Cameroon who attended the  Episcopal  Ordination  and Consecration of Bishop Asmah.

Also present were the Outgoing Bishop of Sekondi, Rt. Rev Col. John K.Otoo (Rtd), the Bishop of Accra, Rt. Rev Daniel Torto, and the Bishop  of Cape Coast, Rt. Rev. Victor Atta Baffoe, and clergymen from the Christian community in the Western Region and Ghana and chiefs.

A government delegation led by the Attorney-General  and Minister of Justice, Mrs. Marrietta Brew Appiah- Oppong, including the Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, the deputy regional minister, Mr. Alfred Ekow Gyan, and  deputy minister  for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Mr. Sampson Ahi, were also present.

After Bishop  Otoo and Rt. Rev Baffoe presented the new  Bishop  for his consecration and ordination, Bishop Asmah took the  oath of Canonical Obedience  before  the Provincial  Chancellor.

The new Bishop laid  prostrate while  Archbishop  Sarfo  consecrated him as he made  sign  of  the  cross  and  a  sacred  Chrism, and together with the other Bishops, the main celebrant made the sign of the cross on his forehead.

Archbishop Sarfo presented a Bible, a ring and Pectoral Cross to Bishop Asmah, signifying the burden Jesus Christ carried, saying “Take this staff as sign of the Shepherd office, and watch over all the flock to which the Holy Spirit has assigned you Bishop to govern the Church of God.”

Preaching the sermon, Rt. Rev. Torto, charged Bishop Asmah to transform the  Sekondi Diocese of the Anglican Church and follow the steps of Jesus Christ, to be able to lead the flock.

Mrs. Appiah commended the church for contributing to national development, especially in education, and urged the state and church to sustain their partnership.

She appealed to Ghanaians to promote peace as the country prepares for the upcoming general election.

From Clement Adzei Boye, Sekondi

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