The Most Rev. Ezekiel Kumir Kondo has been appointed as the first primate of the new Province of Sudan. He currently serves as Bishop of Khartoum and Archbishop of the Internal Province of Sudan.
The Anglican Communion announced the creation of the new province earlier this year and the Archbishop of Canterbury will travel to the region for the primate’s inauguration at the end of July.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, which left the Primate of Sudan and South Sudan, Archbishop Daniel Deng, with the challenge of overseeing two countries. The 4.5 million members of the church are based mainly in South Sudan.
“It’s a welcome development that we now have another Anglican province in a predominantly Muslim country,” said the Most Rev. Josiah Idoru-Fearon, general secretary, when the province was announced. “We hope the province will stand and proclaim Christ in a way that will be meaningful in that context. Having Sudan as a separate province of the Communion will benefit Christians in Sudan. Now they will know they are not alone, that they are a part of the worldwide Anglican family.”
Photo of Ezekiel Kumir Kondo by Pauline Walker/ Sudan Church Association