Orthodoxy in Ghana

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Orthodoxy - as practiced in Ghana.

Noncanonical orthodoxy emerged in Ghana in 1932.[1] The «African Universal Orthodox-Catholic Church» was organized by the charismatic African Bresi-Ando, but he and his followers vaguely knew the meaning of the term «Orthodoxy», and tried to find the true church. In 1972, Godfried Mantey and Kwame Joseph Labi, two of the church's youth leaders, read «The Orthodox Church» by Timothy (KALLISTOS) Ware which strengthened their church's religious quest. Two years later, Mantey and Labi met personally with representatives of the Orthodox world, and on 15 January 1978, Metropolitan Irineos, Metropolitan of Accra and All West Africa, (within the Patriarchate of Alexandria), made his first visit to the faithful of Ghana. By September 1982, the organization was admitted into the Orthodox communion within the Patriarchal Throne of Alexandria and All Africa. Now there is active missionary work, led by a resident archbishop. Thousands of Orthodox Christians from among the local population are served by 23 priests. A local Orthodox seminary is now open in Ghana.


  1. ^ Anderson, Andrew. "A Brief History of the Orthodox Church in Ghana". U.S. Fulbright Research Project 1992-1994. Orthodox Research Institute. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

Corrections came from "A Brief History of the Orthodox Church in Ghana", the U.S. Fulbright research project of Andrew J. Anderson, available at the Orthodox Research Institute website.