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Nigerians create new diocese in US

07 September 2012

by a staff reporter

A NEW diocese has been created in the United States by the Church of Nigeria. The Missionary Diocese of the Trinity is affiliated to the conservative Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), and to the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), which have left the Episcopal Church.

The new diocese describes itself as "an Evangelical and church-planting mission that also joins Confessing Anglican movements to sustain the sanctity of Anglicanism". It pledges to "serve the multicultural and multi­racial com­mu­n­ity of faith that pro­motes wor­ship and liturgy through the Holy Spirit by relying only on the Word of God".

The Rt Revd Amos Akinseye Fag­bamiye was enthroned at the An­glican Cathedral in Indianapolis as the first bishop. The diocese was inaugurated by the Primate of Nigeria, the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh, and the Archbishop of ACNA, the Most Revd Robert Duncan, who is a former Episcopal Bishop.

Archbishop Okoh said that the diocese had been set up to provide a "safe haven for the faithful". It would "not compete with the Episcopal Church [TEC] or Anglican Church of Canada [ACC], or destroy TEC and ACC, or yet break TEC and ACC. The Church of Nigeria is greatly concerned that some faithful Anglicans are being left behind with the revisionist idea and agenda of TEC and ACC."

He criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for not providing a haven for such people, and said that the Church of Nigeria had stepped into to fill the void.

"The Church of Nigeria has therefore taken responsibility for these great initiatives to address this injustice, provide safe haven for Anglicans in North America who desire to remain faithful to the historical formularies of the Church and stand for the scriptures as delivered to us."

The diocese would be funded by "Nigerian money", he said: he would not look to receive funds from it.

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