Kenya welcomes second woman Anglican Bishop

A long-serving female priest has been elected an Anglican bishop, making her the second woman to hold that rank in a country where the consecration of women as bishops is still controversial.

The Rev. Rose Okeno, 52, will lead Butere, a rural diocese where a majority of the faithful are small-scale farmers and traders.

Okeno was favored by more than three-quarters of the electoral college delegates, beating two male contenders.

Her consecration as bishop is planned for September this year. The fisrt to be ordained was Emily Onyango was ordained as an assistant bishop of Bondo, a diocese on the edge of Lake Victoria.

The 59-year-old scholar and researcher became Kenya’s first female Anglican bishop and the first in the Anglican church in East and Central Africa.

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