New Archbishop for Central Africa has friends in Connor

Wednesday March 2nd 2011

Archbishop Chama receives a Connor plate from Archdeacon Stephen McBride during his recent visit to Connor.The Most Rev Albert Chama, who visited Connor Diocese during February as Bishop of Northern Zambia, has been elected Archbishop of Central Africa.

Archbishop Chama has many friends in Connor. All Saint’s Parish, Antrim, and St George’s, Belfast, both have a link with Kitwe in Zambia.

He was in Ireland to attend the 18th Primates' Meeting of the Anglican Communion which took place in Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre, Swords, Co Dublin, and afterwards spent time with the Ven Dr Stephen McBride, Vicar of Antrim and Archdeacon of Connor.

The two have been friends for some time through the parish link, and Archdeacon McBride visited Zambia in June 2008.

Archbishop Chama was the speaker at a special Zambia Focus Afternoon organised by CMS Ireland on February 3, when he shared his thoughts on the Church in Zambia and provided an update on the work of the Diocese.

Bishop William Mchombo, Acting Provincial Secretary of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, announced that the Electoral College of the Church of the Province of Central Africa held in Harare on February 17 had elected Bishop Chama as the Archbishop of Central Africa.

Until the previous day, Archbishop Chama had been acting as the Dean of the Province since the then Archbishop Bernard Malango resigned four years ago.

The installation of the new Archbishop of the Province will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.


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