[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The Bishop of Kajo-Keji in South Sudan, the Rt Revd Anthony Poggo, is to become the Archbishop of Canterbury’s new adviser for Anglican Communion Affairs, Lambeth Palace announced today. Bishop Anthony will succeed Bishop Precious Omuku, who retired in April after holding the post for two years. Bishop Anthony will move to London with his wife Jane and youngest daughter Joy at the end of October.
“I am absolutely delighted that Bishop Anthony is joining the team at Lambeth,” Archbishop Justin Welby said. “He brings the experience of his ministry in one of the most challenging provinces in the Anglican Communion where he has faithfully served the church as a pastor and teacher. Throughout his ministry he has engaged with the profound issues we face in many parts of the Communion, where famine, war, and violent ethnic tensions destabilise society and leave whole communities living in poverty.
“He is well known and respected throughout the Communion and I am most grateful to Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul [the primate of the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan & Sudan] for releasing Bishop Anthony as a gift to the wider church.
“His appointment provides a necessary voice and perspective from the global south in the team at Lambeth. I look forward to working with Bishop Anthony to strengthen our relationships around the Provinces at a significant time in the life of the Communion.”
Before his ordination in 1995, Bishop Anthony worked with Scripture Union. From 2002 he served with Across – a South Sudanese organisation committed to holistic community transformation – becoming its executive director two years later. In 2007 he was elected Bishop of Kajo-Keji.
“I am delighted to accept Archbishop Justin Welby’s invitation and appointment to join the team at Lambeth Palace,” Bishop Anthony said. “I look forward to working together with colleagues at Lambeth to support the Archbishop of Canterbury in his ministry.
“I appreciate the support from Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul in releasing me from our current role in Kajo-Keji so as to make a contribution in the global Anglican Communion. Jane, Joy and I are excited at this next phase of our ministry.”
Bishop Anthony and Jane have two other daughters: Grace and Faith.
A Lambeth Palace spokesman said that Bishop Anthony’s appointment followed “an extensive selection process which attracted applications from across the Anglican Communion.”