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President of Mauritius bestows country’s highest honour on Bishop Ian Ernest

Posted on: March 14, 2019 3:02 PM
Bishop Ian Ernest at the 2008 Lambeth Conference
Photo Credit: Scott Gunn / ACNS
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The Bishop of Mauritius, former Primate of the Indian Ocean Ian Ernest, has been made Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK). The award is the highest rank or distinction of Mauritius’ honour. The Award was made by President Barlen Vyapoory on the advice of the country’s Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth; and announced on 12 March, the National Day in Mauritius. This year’s celebrations marked the 51st anniversary of the nation’s independence. Bishop Ian is now entitled to use the prefix “The Honourable”, and the post-nominal initials GCSK.

In a letter to Bishop Ian, President Vyapoory said: “I congratulate you upon your elevation to the rank of Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK) on the occasion of the National Day Celebrations 2029.

“I am delighted that your distinguished contribution in the religious and social fields has been recognised.”

The National Day announcement included two further GCSKs: Judge Deviyanee Beesoondoyal, Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and Judge Abdurrafeek Hamuth, for distinguished service in the legal field.