Diocesan Assembly held at Mapourdit
From February 4-8 1997, the Diocese of Rumbek held a Diocesan Assembly at
Mapourdit (Rumbek). Nineteen priests, sisters, brothers and lay people attended,
representing all the people and the activities of the Diocese. It was a very
special time of grace for the whole Diocese.
We have grown tremendously since we moved into the liberated area of Southern
Sudan on November 10, 1991 in Yirol. There were only five members of the Church
personnel in November 1991. Our journey since then has taken us to 10 different
locations. Some missions were short lived, particularly Mayen Abun and Thiet,
others lived 3 months or so, such as Yirol, Yondu, Nyamlell and then we had to
At present we are pastorally shepherding four missions in Bahr El Ghazal and a
Sudanese Refugee Camp in Kakuma, Kenya. We are conducting the Blessed Bakhita
Formation Center, in Kitale, Kenya, since October, 1996; and have established a
residence, information office and procure for the Diocese at Bethany House,
Nairobi, Kenya since September of 1994. To enable us to do this fast
development, the Lord of the harvest has allowed our Church personnel to grow
from 5 to 24 people.
During this Diocesan journey, we made a lot of precious experiences. Short and
long Safaris. Long and short catechumenates, Catechetical and Educational
courses. We worked in small pastoral communities or we worked alone for as long
as three months as in the case of Yondu. We experienced the need of community
support. There were days with sufficient food and days when we hoped for the
manna to come.
Of course, there were days when our hearts were filled with joy to see the
growth of our Christian communities. Feasts like Easter and Christmas,
Confirmation and Baptism days, when the Lord allowed us to see the fruit of his
grace and of our work. There were days in August of 1996 when one mission
suffered the arrest, ill treatment and insults of its personnel. But it has
only tested the Christian maturity of this community and has caused growth in
faith and love of unity.
During the Assembly, with the power of Spirit, we have felt the presence of
Jesus in our midst. We were enriched by the wisdom and light from these
experiences. The Assembly has chosen three priorities for our work in the coming
The Assembly has given special tasks and planned the work ahead so that these
three priorities will be gradually implemented in a variety of ways.
- a) Primary evangelization, with a special effort to reach all those who do not
know Jesus and to prepare personnel for this task.
- b) Education and formation of girls and women, as they represent those more
forgotten in our society.
- c) Justice, peace and reconciliation, so that the church will help the
reconstruction of a more humane society.
These priorities will be like beacons in a journey that is still surrounded by
the darkness of insecurity, poverty of means, mistrust and a war situation that
alters the best plans and could cause our displacement. Yet we are not
discouraged. When in a few weeks we will celebrate Easter we will be reminded
that our Lord is the Lord of Resurrection and Life.
Msgr.. Caesar Mazzolari (Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Rumbek)
For further information, please contact:
Fr. Kizito, SCIO, tel +254.2.562247 - fax +254.2.566668 - e-mail: SCIO@MAF.Org