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New Bishop of Accra ordained, but election of Primate still to come

Posted on: June 27, 2012 10:42 AM
Related Categories: West Africa

By ACNS staff

The Venerable Dr Daniel Silvanus Mensah Torto was ordained the ninth Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Accra this weekend, but the Church of the Province of West Africa is yet to elect a new Primate.

Commenting on erroneous media reports that Bishop Torto would automatically become Primate on the current Archbishop's retirement, the Provincial Secretary the Revd Canon Fr Anthony Eiwuley told ACNS that the election of a new Archbishop would take place in September.

"The reports were incorrect. The journalists just assumed that whoever is Bishop of Accra also becomes the new Primate. We are yet to elect an Archbishop," he said. "We will meet in September to do this and the Primate steps down in October."

Canon Eiwuley explained that the Province has an electoral college comprising all active bishops, and one clergy and one lay representative from each diocese. These vote for which bishop they would like to see become Archbishop and then the group votes on the two people with the most nominations.  

The consecration was performed by the current Primate, the The Most Revd Dr Justice Akrofi. The Most Rev. Dr Peter Akinola, a retired Archbishop and Primate of all Nigeria, delivered the sermon in which he advised clergy uphold the "core principles of Christianity".

Ven. Dr Torto obtained his Doctorate of Ministry from Vision International University USA. He is a product of GIMPA, Accra- Post-grad CBA, Episcopal Divinity School- Cambridge, USA, holds M.A. Religions, BA (Hons) in Psychology and Religions-University of Ghana, Legon, Diploma in Theology, Trinity College, Legon and a product of the St. Thomas Aquinas School, Cantonment, Accra - Class 1978.

He has served in parishes including St. Francis of Assisi, Mamprobi, Accra, St. Barnabas, Osu-Accra, Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Accra, St. Joseph Kaneshie and All Saints, Adabraka.

The Venerable Dr. Torto has been the Chairman of the Accra-East Archdeaconry which covers parishes such as St. Barnabas-Osu, St. Paul-La, St. Bartholomew-Teshie and St. Peter-Madina. Others include Holy Gabriel-Kotobabi, Ascension Church-Ashalley Botwe, Anglican Retreat Centre-Ashalley Botwe, St. Timothy-Nima and Holy Family-Adenta.

He is the Chairman-Board of Governors of the Anglican Senior High Technical School, Teshie, Member of Information Technology Faith Based Administration and Ministry, Ghana Telecommunication University, General Secretary-Ghana Anglican Clergy Association, Lecturer-Diocesan Ministerial Training School, Osu, Accra and was Rector to Anglican Seminarians at Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon among others.

He is married to Gladys and they have four children.


See the official notice below:

(Anglican Communion)


To the faithful in Christ Jesus throughout the world.


BE IT KNOWN UNTO YOU by these Presents that
WE, JUSTICE OFEI AKROFI, by Divine Permission Lord Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Church of the Province of West Africa, did, on the 24th day of June in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twelve in the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Accra, Diocese of Accra, Ghana with the assistance of the Right Reverend Fathers in God:
1. Peter Jasper Akinola 2. Joseph Kobina Dadson
3. S. Tilewa Johnson 4. Emmaneul A. Arongo
5. Daniel Yinka Sarfo 6. Francis Benjamin Quashie
7 Daniel Sylvanus A. Allotey 8. Matthias Medadues-Badohu
9. John K. Otoo 10 Abraham K. Ackah
11.Jonathan B. B. Hart 12. Edmund K. Dawson-Ahmoah
13 Festus Yeboah-Asuamah 14 Jacob Kofi Ayeebo
15.Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith

In the presence of a congregation of Clergy and Laity and according to the manner and form prescribed and used by the Church of the Province of West Africa, rightly and canonically Ordained and Consecrated Our Beloved in Christ the Venerable DR. DANIEL SYLVANUS MENSAH TORTO, of whose efficiency in good learning, soundness of faith and purity of manners, we have fully ascertained into the Sacred Office of a Bishop in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of God, have been duly elected and confirmed by Us, after such consultation with the Diocesan Bishops of this Province as required by its Constitution, his having first in Our presence made solemn Declaration of Submission to the Authority of the Provincial Synod of West Africa and taken the Oath of due Obedience to Us the Archbishop of West Africa and our successors

In Testimony wherefore We have caused our seal to be affixed to these Presents

This twenty-fourth day of June in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and twelve, being the Seventeenth Year of our Consecration and the Ninth Year of our Archiepiscopacy.