Archbishop Ian Ernest

The Most Revd Ian Ernest, born in 1954 in Rodrigues, Mauritius, is the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean and Bishop of Mauritius. He is the first Mauritian Anglican Archbishop and the fifth of the Indian Ocean and the 15th Bishop of Mauritius.


After his secondary studies, he graduated from Madras University, India as a Bachelor in Commerce in 1979. In 1981, he joined St Paul’s Theological College in Mauritius for a Theological studies for a period of three years and then went to Westhill College in Birmingham University, England for further studies in Pastoral Care and Counselling. And from 1999–2000, he was recipient of a Certificate in Communications and Geriatric counselling and he followed a course for the Training of Trainers dispensed by the Mauritius Institute of Health and Paris VIIeme.


And in 2005, he was awarded the Procter Scholarship through the Harvard Consortium, Episcopal Divinity School, in Cambridge, Massashuchets.


Past Experience:


Main Translator of the New Testament in Creole.


Editor of the Anglican Diocesan Magazine.


Member of the Governing Body of the Anglican Diocese of Mauritius.


Member of the Steering Committee of “Le Comité des Sages” a national organisation set up by the Mauritian Government in the context of the   International Year of the family.


Member, Past President of the Rotary Club of Mahebourg, awarded Paul Harris Fellow in 2000 in recognition of service to the community.


Consultant on counseling issues at Mauritius Family Planning Association.

Tutor for EVA, Roman Catholic lay training Institution.


Member of the Steering Committee set up by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to participate in the preparation of the National Youth Policy to be presented in Parliament.


Has been addressing on social issues like Domestic violence, Promotion of family values at national level on Seminars and forums.


Presentations and Publications


Participating at Radio and TV programmes on Social issues with the MBC/TV and the Mauritius College of the Air)


Presentation of Paper on “The 4-way Test”  – Mode of Ethics for Professionals – at the District Conference of Rotary District 9220 in June 2001.


Presentation of Paper on “National Unity” at the University of Mauritius in July 2001.


Pastoral Letters for the Diocese from 2002 to 2016 on various issues


Autonomie for Rodrigues Island » written jointed by the Bishop of Port Louis, Mgr Maurice Piat and self.


Preparation of the Diocesan Strategic Plan for the years 2004-2007 with three priorities: “equipping, empowering and evangelising


Presentation of a paper for the William Temple Memorial Lecture in Blackburn, England in 2007


Presentation of paper on societal cohesion – MCB Foundation -2012


Presentation of a paper for the First Memorial Lecture for Nelson Mandela at Mahatma Gandhi Institute – July 2014.


Presentation of a paper on the Future of Global Anglicanism at the 50th Anniversary of Anglican congress at Wycliffe College, Toronto Canada.


Presentation of a paper at Madras Christian College on  “Philosophical and Religious Approaches to Peace and Conflict Resolution” in March 2012




Convener of the Target Group for Bishops Training within the Task Force of the Theological Education for the Anglican Communion.


Member of the Steering Committee in a project sponsored by UNICEF in writing up modules on this issue “How to understand, respect and sustain the young people of to-day in their quest for self-development”.


Member of the Eight Members Design Group Committee appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury to prepare for the Lambeth Conference and the Anglican Gathering for 2008 (Meeting of all Anglican Bishops worldwide).


1999 – 2001 Vice President of the Board of “La Formation Biblique et Théologique de l’Ile Maurice”, an Ecumenical Training Centre for the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian Churches.


Elected Chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA) on 5th October 2007.


January 2008 – Member of the Task Force of the Truth and Justice Commission established by the Government of Mauritius


August 2012 elected as Secretary to the Global South of the Anglican Communion


President of Prison Fellowship International (Mauritius)


President of Alpha Mauritius International – Regional Office




Awarded St. Augustine Cross on 5th November 2008 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Rowan Williams, head of the Anglican Communion.


2002   Awarded Honorary Membership of Rotary International.


Awarded on 12th March 2006 by the President of the Republic of Mauritius the Insignia of Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (G.O.S.K.)


Awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite de Madagascar – 16 June 2010


In 2007, award the Honorary Citizenship of the City of Port Louis


Interests:  Reading, Music, Swimming.