Religion of Tuesday, 3 June 2014
The Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast has held an enthronement service for Right Reverend Dr Victor Reginald Atta-Baffoe as the fourth Diocesan Bishop.
Rt Rev Atta-Baffoe replaces Rt Rev Daniel Sylvanus Adotei Allotey who officially retired as the third diocesan Bishop on May 18, 2014, after being in office for 11 years.
The Dean of the Cathedral, Very Reverend Emmanuel Entsi Williams, performed the rites to enthrone the new Bishop, who was consecrated on November, 2013.
The colourful ceremony was attended by members of the church in the diocese, Archbishops, Bishops and retired Bishops from other dioceses.
Profile of new Bishop
Rt Rev. Attah-Baffoe began his theological and ministerial formation at the St Nicholas Seminary, Cape Coast, after which he got enrolled at the Trinity College, University of Toronto, Canada, and the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge.
He completed his Doctor of Philosophy Studies at the King’s College, University of London. He was awarded a certificate in effective leadership, management and administration from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon, Accra, in February 2008, and also pursued an executive programme at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in 2010.
He is the former Dean of St Nicholas Seminary, and before then a Parish Priest of the Rev. Thomas Thompson Anglican Church, OLA Estate, Cape Coast, and has served on a number of boards.
He has a number of publications to his credit. They include the Contextualisation of Anglicanism: West Africa and The Anglican Covenant, an African perspective.
Delivering the sermon for the occasion, Rt Rev John Armes, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Edinburg, Scotland, reminded Christians to continue to have the faith in God and follow Christ not only in words but in deeds.
He called on Christians to not compromise on their faith and engage in sinful acts but should strive rather to lead lives worthy of their calling.
He urged the new Bishop to be bold, strong, courageous and resolute in order to build upon the legacies of his predecessor as he helped the church grow.
Rt Rev Armes charged the Bishop to be a servant and leader by exhibiting patience and humility towards the congregation so that together they could work in unity towards the transformation of the church in the diocese.
He urged the new Bishop to have the needs of the members of the church at heart, stressing that people who found themselves in leadership positions should work to better the lives of those they served.