Church of England Consecrates First Black Bishop in 21 Years

Rev Prebandary Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu has been consecrated as the thirteenth Bishop of Woolwich in London.

Dr Karowei is the first black bishop to be consecrated in the Church of England for 21 years.

The service took place at Southwark Cathedral on Friday.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby presided at the service and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, preached.

Bishop Angaelos, the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK also attended the service.


Dr John Sentamu told the congregation that the new Bishop’s baptismal name, Woyin Karowei, meant priest: servant of almighty God and he urged Dr Karowei to take three actions from Ezekiel’s vision of the river of life.

He said: “Follow the river of life but look in three directions; look to the source, to where the river has come from. Look down it to where it is going and thirdly look on the sides and see what happens on the banks as the river flows down.”

Bishops pray over Dr Karowei
Dr Karowei with his wife and children after the ceremony

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SOURCE: Premier UK