First African bishop of Northern Malawi consecrated: The Church of England Newspaper, Nov 26, 2010 p 6. November 29, 2010Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of the Province of Central Africa.
First published in The Church of England Newspaper.
The Diocese of Northern Malawi has consecrated its first African bishop to succeed the Rt. Rev. Christopher Boyle, the last British bishop in Central Africa.
On Nov 7, the Rev. Canon Fanuel Emmanuel Chioko Magangani was consecrated by ten bishops of the Church of the Province of Central Africa at a 5 and a half hour service at a football stadium in Mzuzu. His consecration fills the last vacancy in the House of Bishops of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, which will now permit the province to elect a new primate to replace Archbishop Bernard Malango, who retired in 2007.
On Aug 1, 2009, the diocese elected the Rev. Leslie Mtekateka as its first African bishop. However, a petition charging the bishop-elect with moral turpitude was lodged and following an investigation the election of Fr. Mtekateka—the son of the first African bishop of Malawi—was voided.
On June 26, 2010 Canon Magangani was elected bishop, but the confirmation of his election was delayed after a former employee charged the 38-year old bishop elect with rape. An investigation by the church, however, found the charges unfounded and cleared the bishop-elect of misconduct.
Canon Magangani will now be the first African to serve as Bishop of Northern Malawi. His predecessors were British, Bishop Boyle, and American, the Rt. Rev. Jackson Biggers. In June 2009, the Rev. J. Scott Wilson SSC of the Diocese of Fort Worth withdrew as sole candidate in Northern Malawi election, prompting the diocese to conduct an abbreviated internal search that produced Fr. Mtekateka.
Bishop Mangani served as dean of St Peter’s Cathedral on Likoma Island for five years and was educated at Zomba Theological College and Mzuzu University. His election canceled plans for a two-year leave of absence from the diocese to begin advanced studies at Nashotah House, an American theological college.
Writing to supporters after the service, the bishop said “after everything is said and done we still remain firm in the Lord and it is my prayer that the peace emanated on the consecration day will continue throughout the Diocese in the days to come.”
“I want to thank God who has helped me to forget the pain I have endured in the process,” Bishop Mangani said. But “in this I have seen that we serve a miracle working God. I have seen his hand leading me through. Thank you so much for the prayers.”