Archbishop of Kaduna installed as a Six Preacher

From the Anglican Communion News Service:

The Most Revd Josiah Idowu-Fearon, the Anglican Archbishop of the

Province of Kaduna and Bishop of Kaduna diocese, was installed as a Six

Preacher [Thursday] during Evensong by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the

Most Revd Rowan Williams, and the Very Revd Robert Willis, the Dean of

Canterbury. The appointment is for five years and may be renewed.

Archbishop Idowu-Fearon replaces Canon Dr John Polkinghorne, who has

retired as a Six Preacher. Recent Six Preachers include Bishop John

Robinson and Prof A J Mason, the translator of many hymns.

Archbishop Idowu-Fearon was born in 1949 in Nigeria. Although he trained

briefly as a soldier, he soon decided that he wished to serve God as a

priest and was ordained in 1971, becoming a bishop in 1990. He has a

doctorate degree in Islamic studies, with special interest in

Christian-Muslim relations, and is married to Comfort; they have two

sons, Ibrahim and Dquda, and a daughter Ninma.

“We have already come to know Archbishop Josiah as a friend from his

time spent teaching in our International Study Centre to the Canterbury

Scholars course” said Robert Willis earlier today. “This appointment –

one of the first from the wider Anglican Communion – enhances the

concept of the teaching ministry at Canterbury Cathedral that was so

firmly laid down by Cranmer at the time of the Reformation”. “I feel

humbled by this appointment” Archbishop Idowu-Fearon said yesterday

before the service, “remembering that this ministry was founded by

Archbishop Cranmer. Being a Six Preacher will give me a sense of

belonging to the community at Canterbury Cathedral which has existed for

over 1,400 years – my own Diocese of Kaduna is only 50 years old! I hope

that this recognition will help me to be an ambassador for Christ, not

just within the Anglican Communion, but to my Muslim neighbours”.

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