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Welsh dean appointed African bishop: The Church of England Newspaper, March 4, 2011 p 5. March 3, 2011

Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Church of England Newspaper.

Dr. Richard Fenwick

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has appointed the Dean of Monmouth to serve as Bishop of St Helena.

Dr. Richard Fenwick was elected bishop of one of the communion’s most remote dioceses, which covers the South Atlantic islands of St Helena and Ascension Island, at the Feb 7-12 bishops’ meeting held at the Mariannhill Conference Centre in the Diocese of Natal.

Dr. Fenwick,  who has served as Dean of Monmouth and vicar of Newport Cathedral since 1997 and is the chairman of the St. Helena Diocesan Association in Britain, will succeed Bishop John Salt OGS, and will be consecrated in Cape Town in May.

The Bishop of Monmouth, the Rev. Rev. Dominic Walker OGS, congratulated Dr. Fenwick on his appointment, stating he was “delighted with the news.”

“It is a unique diocese and I know the people there will benefit from his pastoral care and friendship,” Bishop Walker said.

Dr. Fenwick noted St. Helena had a “wonderful church tradition, and through the 152 years since it was founded, it has sent so many Saints, both clergy and laity to serve the people of the world. It makes me very proud, and very humble, to think that I will be taking part in that long history of service.”

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