{TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, June 7, 2019} The Rt. Rev’d. Dr. Felix Orji announced Friday that one of his goals as the new Missionary Bishop of CANA is to launch a new diocese that is  distinctively Confessional, Reformed, and Evangelical.

The first of its kind in more than one hundred years in North America, the diocese-in-formation will be dedicated to the riches of the theological and liturgical principles of the 16th century English Reformation.

Commenting on his plans, Bishop Felix said, “This is the kind of Anglicanism that shaped the Church of Nigeria that I remember as a child.”

The new diocese will first be a dedicated missionary archdeaconry in the Diocese of the West (CANA). “The archdeaconry envisaged will be non-geographical and led by a Provisional Council under my episcopal authority and guidance. I sense the Lord’s grace in this and I look forward to his sovereign providence as this plan unfolds,” said Bishop Felix.

The Rt. Rev’d Felix Orji speaking at Synod Banquet

Two parishes have already joined, Reformation Anglican Church Gray, ME., and Redeemer Church Casselberry, Fl.

“The evangelical and missional strength of Anglicanism has been crippled in modern times by rampant eclecticism, I am excited and grateful to see the restoration of a truly unified Anglican body that will once again unambiguously be defined by the Anglican Formularies as established by the English Reformers and The Church of England” said Reformation’s minister, Rev’d. Richard Lepage.

“What originally attracted me to the Anglican Church was the rich liturgy and theology of Thomas Cranmer.  I’m grateful to Bishop Felix for creating a space in North America where Cranmer’s theological and liturgical contributions are understood and practiced,” replied Rev’d. Dr. Jonathan G. Smith, Redeemer Church.

Rev’d. Lepage and Rev’d. Dr. Smith are each committed to the theological and liturgical principles of the Book of Common Prayer 1662, the 39 Articles, and the Ordinal 1662.

Both ministers opted to remain with CANA under the Church of Nigeria after the CANA East 2019 Synod decision to break from the Church of Nigeria and be fully under the Anglican Church of North America.

“I’m very excited and grateful to both Rev’d. Lepage and Rev’d. Dr. Smith for their willingness to pioneer with me a new Reformed Anglican expression in North America,” said Bishop Felix.

Both ministers lead predominantly Anglo churches.

“We are committed to declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the same Gospel that ignited the Reformation and freed Western Europe from the tyranny of Medieval Catholicism,” concluded Rev’d. Dr. Smith.

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[Dr. Jonathan G. Smith, Pastor Redeemer Church. Redeemer is a new Anglican parish in Casselberry, Fl. Please visit redeemerorl.org to learn more.]

For parishes interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact The Rev’d. Richard Lepage: pastor@ReformationAnglicanChurch.org (207) 894-0177