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New Bishop Coadjutor of Hong Kong Island Consecrated

03 Oct 2020

St John’s Cathedral proudly welcomes the new Bishop Coadjutor of the Anglican Diocese of Hong Kong Island as The Right Reverend Matthias Der was consecrated to the Holy Order of Bishops today.

Bishop Matthias 

Taking the helm of the Cathedral since July 2012, Bishop Matthias has been a trusted and caring pastor of St John’s community. Under his leadership, the Cathedral continues to serve the changing needs of our congregation as well as the wider community with our ministries. It was God’s grace that we sailed through every challenge together over the years and we thank God for His blessings on our Cathedral family.

‘It was with great humility and thanksgiving that I was ordained to the Holy Order of Bishops. The ministry and people of St John’s Cathedral have undoubtedly played an important role in nurturing me over the last 8 years. I thank God for you.’ said Bishop Matthias.

Members of St John’s were filled with joy when Dean Matthias was elected Bishop Coadjutor at the Eleventh Diocesan Synod of Hong Kong Island on 21st November 2019. Rescheduled from May this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Consecration took place in seclusion today at the Cathedral. All attendees were wearing masks during the service which was live-streamed on the internet. (Please visit the Cathedral YouTube Channel for the recap of the service.)

Celebrated by The Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwong, Archbishop and Primate of HKSKH, the service was also graced by Consecrating Bishops including The Right Reverend Andrew Chan, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kowloon; The Right Reverend Timothy Kwok, Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Kowloon; The Most Reverend Peter Kwong, Archbishop Emeritus of HKSKH; The Right Reverend Louis Tsui, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Eastern Kowloon; and The Right Reverend Thomas Soo, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Western Kowloon.

The Bishop Coadjutor will assume office of the diocesan bishop when Archbishop Paul retires at the end of the year. The Enthronement service is scheduled to be held on 2nd January 2021. Meanwhile, Bishop Matthias will remain Dean of St John's Cathedral until 31st December 2020.

With a thankful heart, we pray for Bishop Matthias and his family, and for God’s grace and guidance in his future ministry.

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