Ireland bids welcome to Anglican Consultative Council in 2026


The Archbishop of Canterbury with Glenn Moore Dean Susan Green and David Ritchie.

The 18th plenary meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council which has been taking place in Accra, Ghana, is coming to an end with some 110 members from 39 of the Anglican Communion’s 42 provinces attending.

Among the representatives are three from the Church of Ireland; Mr. Glenn Moore, Diocesan Secretary of Clogher Diocese; the Very Revd Susan Green and Mr David Ritchie, Chief Officer and Secretary General of the Church of Ireland.

The Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) is one of four “Instruments of Communion or “Instruments of Unity” of the global Anglican Communion of 42 autonomous and interdependent-yet-interdependent Churches present in more than 165 countries.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, is President of the ACC and gave the presidential address on the first day.

While in Ghana, members of the ACC visited the Cape Coast Castle, a former staging post for slaves being transported from West Africa to the Americas. An act of reconciliation took place during a service in the neighbouring Christ Church Cathedral.

The meeting has been grounded in prayer, worship and Bible study, with a daily pattern of Morning Prayer, Bible study, Eucharist, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer.

The closing service took place at St George’s Garrison Anglican Church in Ghana when Archbishop Justin Welby presided and Archbishop Paul Kwong was the preacher, his final act as Chair of the ACC.

Ireland will host the next ACC meeting in 2026 and a welcoming message was relayed to delegates from the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, the Most Revd John McDowell who was unable to attend.

The delegates attending the ACC plenary meeting in Ghana.