REVEREND Sarah Frances Davis, vice president of the World Methodist Council and Bishop of the 16th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be a guest of Pope Benedict XVI at the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, Italy from October 7 to 28.
The Jamaica-based Bishop will represent the World Methodist Council as one of 15 invited fraternal delegates from around the world who will actively participate in the Assembly of Bishops and will be given an opportunity to make a presentation to the synod.
Pope Benedict XVI is convening the 22-day assembly to meet under the theme: “The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” The ‘new evangelisation’ is the call of the church to its original missionary goal that prayerfully will rekindle the original fire in Christians, explained Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops Archbishop Nicholas Eterovic.
“I am honoured to represent the World Methodist Council — comprised of 77 Methodist, Wesleyan and related Uniting and United Churches and representing over 80 million members — at the Vatican,” Bishop Davis said.
In a letter to Bishop Davis, Brian Farrell, secretary at the Vatican, said her “participation represents a visible sign of shared concern for the mission to transmit the Gospel message to the contemporary world.”
The 16th Episcopal District is comprised of Haiti, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, Jamaica, Virgin Island, as well as such European countries as the UK, France and the Netherlands.