Nige­rian Bishop ap­pointed to head up ACC

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THE RT REV Josiah Idowu-Fearon has been ap­pointed Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Angli­can Con­sul­ta­tive Coun­cil.

On 2 April ACC chair­man the Rt Rev James Ten­gatenga an­nounced that Dr Idowu-Fearon, Bishop of Kaduna in North­west­ern Nige­ria, had been ap­pointed in suc­ces­sion to the Rt Rev Ken­neth Kearon, who had been elected Bishop of Lim­er­ick.

Dr Idowu-Fearon (65) was named Bishop of Kaduna in 1998 pre­vi­ously hav­ing been ap­pointed Bishop of Sokoto in 1990.

Or­dained in 1971 he served as War­den at St Fran­cis of As­sisi The­o­log­i­cal Col­lege in Wusasa and Provost of St Michael’s Cathe­dral in Kaduna.

He re­ceived a doc­tor­ate in So­ci­ol­ogy and Post­grad­u­ate Di­ploma in Ed­u­ca­tion from Nige­ria’s Ah­madu Bello Uni­ver­sity, an MA in Is­lamic The­ol­ogy from the UK’s Birm­ing­ham Uni­ver­sity, and a BA in The­ol­ogy from Durham Uni­ver­sity.

In 2007 Arch­bishop Rowan Wil­liams ap­pointed him a Six Preacher at Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral and Arch­bishop Welby awarded him the Cross of St Au­gus­tine in 2013.

“I am ex­cited to take up the post of Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Angli­can Com­mu­nion, and to con­tinue the fine work un­der­taken by my pre­de­ces­sors in this of­fice,” Dr Idowu-Fearon said.

“It is a priv­i­lege to be so hon­oured and recog­nised by the Com­mu­nion for this lead­er­ship po­si­tion. I look for­ward to serv­ing the Angli­can fam­ily with my fu­ture col­leagues at the Angli­can Com­mu­nion Of­fice and the Of­fice of the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury.”

Dr Idowu-Fearon, who is mar­ried to Com­fort and has two chil­dren, Ibrahim and Ninma, is ex­pected to take up the role in July 2015.

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