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Publish Date: 18 October 2020
 

Bishop Andrew Chan elected as next Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui

The Special Meeting of the 8th General Synod for the Election of the Archbishop took place on Sunday, 18th October (Feast of St Luke). The Rt Revd Andrew Chan, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kowloon, received a majority of votes from the first round of voting and was elected as the next Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui.

The three candidates of the election listed in alphabetical order of their last names are: Bishop Andrew Chan, Bishop Coadjutor Matthias Der, and Bishop Timothy Kwok.

According to the Canons of the Province, a candidate will be declared elected Archbishop if he receives the highest votes, which must be a simple majority of more than half of the votes received in his favour in all three respective Houses of the Electoral College, namely, the House of Bishops, House of Clergy, and the House of Laity.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong and Macau were imposing compulsory quarantines on incoming visitors. To enable members of the Electoral College in Hong Kong and Macau to attend the meeting, organizers assigned Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School in Hong Kong and at St Paul’s Church in Macau as voting venues. The school and the church were connected via video conferencing so that the organizers could track the progress of the elections in both places in real time to ensure its fairness and legitimacy.

Over two hundred voters in Hong Kong were seated in the school hall and six classrooms to enable them to maintain social distancing. Staff and voters all had to pass through body temperature sensors, submit health declaration forms, and keep their masks on at all times. The twenty voters in Macau had to show their health QR codes on their smartphones before they enter St Paul’s. Aside from this, to reduce contact between people, the organizers made use of an electronic voting system for the first time in Church elections for voters seated in Tang Shiu Kin’s school hall while voters in the classrooms and at St Paul’s in Macau used traditional paper ballots.

In his closing speech, Archbishop Paul Kwong praised the new Archbishop-elect for his learning and his informative sermons. Not only was he a great writer, but was also a talented composer, and parishioners learned a lot from him.

“I thank God for you have elected an Archbishop-elect who is outstanding in all aspects.” Archbishop Kwong said.

 

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Profile of Bishop Andrew Chan

The Rt Revd Andrew Chan was born in 1962. He was awarded Bachelor of Philosophy (Education) from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK in 1987; Certificate in Theology from Salisbury and Wells Theological College in 1991; and Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College, University of London in 2004.

Bishop Chan was ordained to the deaconate on 18 October 1991 and to priesthood on 29 September 1992. He was appointed Dean of St John’s Cathedral in May 2005 and was made Canon in November 2006. He was elected the second Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kowloon on 26 June 2011, consecrated on 25 March 2012 and enthroned on 26 March 2012.

Bishop Chan is married with one son.

 

 

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