20.05.16 | News, Press Reports

EMS Liaison Officer Becomes New Bishop in India

Royce Manoj Victor consecrated in the newly established Malabar Diocese of the CSI
The new Bishop Royce Victor

On May 17, Royce Victor (left) was consecrated Bishop. (Photo: CSI/Sunil Raj Philip Achen)

"With great joy we have heard the results of the election. May God guide you and give you strength for this important task which involves great responsibility in caring for the nation of God," wrote Marianne Wagner, Chair of the international EMS Fellowship to The Right Reverend Dr. Royce Manoj Victor, the first Bishop of the newly founded Malabar Diocese in India. "All of us at EMS will accompany you with our prayers."

On May 17th, Reverend Dr. Royce Manoj Victor was consecrated the first bishop of the newly established Malabar Diocese. Since 2014 he was Liaison Officer of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) and supported the partnership between EMS and the Church of South India (CSI) in several areas. Especially, the Ecumenical Youth Volunteer Programme (EYVP) is close to his heart. With great passion Royce Victor represented the 200-year-old tradition of the Basel Mission in Malabar. Last autumn he took part in the EMS Team Visit and discussed about the present understanding of mission in the EMS Fellowship with participants of other EMS churches.

In his inaugural sermon last Tuesday, Royce Victor spoke about Zechariah 4:6: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.

Royce Victor was born in Palakkad, Kerala. He was Reverend of the North Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India and did a doctorate at the Brite Divinity School, Texas (USA). He taught the Old Testament at the Kerala United Theological Seminary (KUTS), in Trivandrum and at the Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture (FFRRC) in Kottayam, Kerala.

Press contact:
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Jürgen Reichel, reichel@dont-want-spam.ems-online.org, Tel. +49 711 636 78 21