Orthodoxy in Ghana
Orthodoxy - as practiced in Ghana.
Noncanonical orthodoxy emerged in Ghana in 1925. Then «Catholic Orthodox Church» was organized by the charismatic African Bres-Ando, but he and his followers vaguely knew the meaning of the term «Orthodoxy», and tried to find the true church. In 1972, Gottfried Manta, one of the church and youth leaders, read «The Orthodox Church» by Timothy (KALLISTOS) Ware which strengthened his religious quest. Two years later, Bres-Ando met personally with representatives of the Orthodox world, and on 15 January 1978, the Archbishop of Irinopolis, part of the West African Diocese (the Patriarchate of Alexandria), made his first visit to the faithful of Ghana. By September 1978, the organization was admitted into the Orthodox communion within the throne of Alexandria. Now there is an active missionary work. Thousands of Orthodox Christians from among the local population are served by 23 priests. In the future, it is planned to open an Orthodox seminary in Ghana.
- The article was translated from Russian article Православие в Гане, where sources for the data are stated.