Press Statement: Election of the Fourth Archbishop of the Province

26. September 2011

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Press Statement: Election of the Fourth Archbishop of the Province

Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia

Press Statement

Election of 4th Archbishop of the Province

The Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia is pleased to announce the election of the Rt. Revd. Datuk Bolly Anak. Lapok, Bishop of Kuching (which covers Sarawak and Negara Brunei Darussalam), as the 4th Archbishop of the Province. The election took place at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Synod of the Province held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 21 to 22 September 2011.Archbishop-elect Bolly, who is an Iban, hails from Sri Aman, Sarawak. He received his early education at Government Secondary School, Simanggang, and then at the House of Epiphany, 
Kuching. He subsequently pursued his theological education at Birmingham University, United Kingdom, where he graduated with a Masters of Arts with distinction. He was made a deacon on 2
March 1975 and ordained as priest on 7 December 1975. Archbishop-elect Bolly was collated Archdeacon on 13 June 1991 and was subsequently consecrated as an Assistant Bishop in the
Diocese of Kuching on 5 September 1999. He was enthroned as the Diocesan Bishop on 15 April 2007. He is currently Chairman of the Association of Churches in Sarawak and a member of the
 Permanent Committee to Promote Understanding and Harmony Amongst Religious Adherents.

The Province brings together Anglican churches in Negara Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Archbishop-elect Bolly is married to Mary Jean Baba and has 4 children. Archbishop-elect Bolly is scheduled to be installed as Archbishop at St. Thomas’ Cathedral, Kuching, Sarawak on 12 February 2012.

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