Daniel Deng Bul
|The Most Reverend
Daniel Deng Bul
|Archbishop of South Sudan and Sudan|
Daniel Deng Bul in London, 19 March 2013
|Church||Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan|
|Born||2 January 1950|
|Previous post||Bishop of Renk|
Daniel Deng Bul Yak (born Tuic-Gebiet, in Bor, 2 January 1950) is a South Sudanese Episcopalian archbishop. He has been the fourth Archbishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, now called Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, since his enthronement on 20 April 2008. He is married and has six children.
He studied at Adong Primary School, from 1961 to 1964, earning then his leaving certificate. He later would study at Sudan Intermediate, in Khartoum, from 1971 to 1974. He decided to follow religious life, studying in Bishop Gwynne College, in Juba, from 1975 to 1977, when he won his certificate. He was ordained a deacon in 1977 and a priest in 1978. He was consecrated bishop in 1988 and was bishop of the Diocese of Renk, from 1992 to 2008. He won a certificate from the Corat Africa Leadership Training and Church management training in 1990. The same year he also won a Bishop Leadership training certificate. He earned a diploma in theology at the Virginia Theologial Seminary, in the United States, where he studied from 1996 to 1997, and who later would award him an honorary doctorship in 2008, for his work for peace and reconciliation in Sudan. Deng was also caretaker bishop of the Diocese of Malakal, from 2000 to 2003, and of the Diocese of Yei, from 2007 to 2008.
He was elected Primate and Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan in a synod that took place on 14 February 2008, being enthroned in All Saints Cathedral, Juba, on 20 April 2008.
He is a supporter of the Anglican realignment movement, being a member of the Global South and the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans primates. He supported the decision of the Episcopal Church of Sudan House of Bishops to break communion with the Episcopal Church of the United States at the general synod that took place from 14 to 16 November 2011. At the same time the Anglican Church in North America was recognized as the legitimate Anglican body in the United States.
He supported the decision to rename the church as Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, due to the secession of South Sudan, at the meeting that took place in Bor, from 27 to 30 November 2013.
Deng is vocal on social issues. He is widely known on his advocacy specially during the referendum which led South Sudan to secede from Sudan in 2011. Deng is well known on his work for peace and reconciliation among the communities. He was appointed in 2012 by the President of the Republic of South Sudan as the Chairperson of the Presidential Committee for Peace, Reconciliation and Tolerance to spearhead communities peace process in Jonglei State in South Sudan. Later, he was appointed again in 2013 by a presidential decree to head the National Committee for Peace, Reconciliation and Healing.[original research?]
- New Archbishop for Sudanese Episcopal Church installs in Juba, Sudan Tribune, 20 April 2008
- Sudan's New Primate, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul enthroned in Juba Cathedral, Anglican Communion News Service, 22 April 2008
- Sudan breaks with the Episcopal Church, Anglican Mainstream, 27 December 2011
- Gafcon Home / Primates Gather for Worship, ACNA Website
- Sudan synod rejects call to divide, The Church of England Newspaper, 18 December 2013
|Anglican Communion titles|
|Primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan