New diocese for Ghana proposed

St Joseph the Worker Church in Kaneshie, Ghana

The Diocese of Accra Synod has voted to spin off its Tema archdeaconry to become the twelfth diocese of the Internal Province of Ghana of the Church of the Province of West Africa.

Meeting at St Joseph the Worker Anglican Church in Kaneshie this week, the first session of the 24th Diocesan Synod voted unanimously in the lay and clergy orders to create the new diocese.

The Bishop of Accra, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto told the synod the new diocese would be “comprised the administration area within the Greater Accra Region; bounded at the south by the Gulf of Guinea, on the West by the Weija Dam to Bortianor and beyond, on the north by Achimota and Amasaman and its environs.”

The bishop said the growth of the Anglican church in the eastern areas of greater Accra arround Tema justified the creation of the new diocese. It would also allow him to spend less time traveling and more in episcopal ministry across his large diocese. 

Synod authorized the creation of a nine-member committee to draw the new diocesan boundaries and prepare a motion to bring to the provincial synod that would create the new diocese.