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Matthias Der

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The Right Reverend

Matthias Der
Bishop Coadjutor of Hong Kong Island
ProvinceHong Kong Anglican Church
DioceseHong Kong Island
PredecessorPaul Kwong
Personal details
BornHong Kong
DenominationAnglican
EducationUniversity of Toronto
Wycliffe College
Ordination history
History
Diaconal ordination
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PlaceToronto
Priestly ordination
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PlaceToronto
Episcopal consecration
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Co-consecrators
  • Peter Kwong
  • Thomas Soo
  • Louis Tsui
  • Andrew Chan
  • Timothy Kwok
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PlaceHong Kong
Cardinalate
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The Right Reverend Matthias Clement Tze-wo Der (謝子和) is an Anglican bishop from Hong Kong. He has served as Bishop Coadjutor of the Anglican diocese of Hong Kong Island since October 2020. Prior to his episcopacy, he served as the dean of St John's Cathedral, Hong Kong since July 2012.

Early life[edit]

Der was born in Hong Kong and moved to Taiwan from 1966 to 1976, where his father served as priest in the Church of Good Shepherd in the Episcopal Church.[1][2][3] He described himself as a person "who could not speak clearly until the age of four, who struggled through school for most of his early schooling and who didn't learn the ABCs till the age of 12".[4] In 1981, Der attended a boarding school in Hawaii.[2] He attended the University of Toronto in 1984 and graduated with Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Wycliffe College, Toronto in 1990.[2]

Ministry[edit]

In 1990, he was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of Toronto of the Anglican Church of Canada, and to the priesthood in 1991.[2] After serving his curacy, Der served as incumbent of St Christopher's Anglican Church in Greater Toronto for twenty years, helping St Christopher expand to a parish worshipping from two sites in North York and Richmond Hill.[2] He was appointed an Honorary Canon of St James’ Cathedral, Toronto in 2007.[2]

Der was appointed Dean of St John's Cathedral of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Hong Kong Anglican Church) in July 2012 and installed on 13 October 2012.[2]

He is also a delegate to the General Synod of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and serves as the Director of Supervisors for student placement at SKH Ming Hua Theological College and a member of the Board of Governors of Matilda International Hospital.[5]

Der was elected as the Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Hong Kong Island in November 2019.[6] He was consecrated to the episcopate on 3 October 2020, after postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic in Hong Kong, which also broke decades-long tradition with the absence of co-consecrators from other Anglican Communion provinces.[7][8] He is expected to succeed Paul Kwong as the Bishop of Hong Kong Island in January 2021.[2]

Family[edit]

Matthias Der is son of the Rev. Canon Edmund B Der (謝博文), an Anglian canon priest who served in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada.[6][4] His younger brother the Rev. Canon Dr. Philip Der (謝子樂) is also an Anglican priest, who succeeded Matthias as incumbent at St Christopher.[4][1] Matthias is married to Rachel (née Kwok) and the couple has two daughters.[5]

References[edit]


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Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui titles
Preceded by
Andrew Chan Au-Ming
Dean of St John's Cathedral
2012–
Incumbent

Category:living people Category:Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui clergy Category:Deans of Hong Kong Category:21st-century Anglican bishops Category:Anglican bishops in Hong Kong


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