[Anglican Ink] The first female bishop in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan has been consecrated. Anglican Ink has learned that on 31 December 2016, the Most Rev Daniel Deng Bul, primate of South Sudan and Archbishop of Juba consecrated the Rt. Rev. Elizabeth Awut Ngor as assistant bishop of the Diocese of Rumbek.
Archbishop Deng, who went on retirement this last month as soon as the election of his successor, the Most Rev. Justin spoke to Radio Good News: “It was in my dream to ordain a woman as bishop in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan before I leave”.
Rumors sprung up of a female bishop in South Sudan early last year, but queries to the provincial secretary and Archbishop Deng were not addressed. No mention of Bishop Awut’s consecration has been made on the Anglican Communion News Service and the website of the Anglican Consultative Council.
A group photograph taken at last month’s meeting of the South Sudan House of Bishops showed one bishop in a skirt holding a handbag.Further investigation identified her as Bishop Elizabeth.
Bishop Elizabeth is the third African female bishop, after the Rt. Rev. Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya was elected bishop of the Diocese of Swaziland on 18 July 2012 and ordained and installed on 10 November 2012. Margaret Vertue was the first female bishop.
She was appointed as bishop of the Diocese of False Bay on 12 October 2012. She was consecrated and installed on 19 January 2013. Bishop Elizabeth is also regarded as the first female GAFCON bishop.
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