Indian Ocean’s New Primate

Bishop James Wong of the Seychelles was elected Aug. 26 as archbishop and primate of the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean. He succeeds Archbishop Ian Ernest, who served for 11 years.

Wong was elected in April 2009 as the fourth Bishop of the Seychelles. He is a native of Rodrigues Island and became a citizen of Seychelles in 2015. He was ordained priest in 1983 and served in three parishes in the Diocese of Mauritius before being appointed Archdeacon of Mauritius.

Before his episcopal election, he was active in ecumenical affairs, serving as general secretary of the Fellowship of Christian Churches of Mauritius and chairman of Scripture Union Mauritius. The bishop and his wife, Doreen, have a daughter and a son.



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