Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi

EAB Press – September 2012

October 1, 2012


The Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi joined religious leaders from around the world for a three-day meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on the theme “Living Together is our Future”.

The 9-11th September meeting was the last in a series organized annually since 1986 by the Rome-based Catholic lay community of Sant’Egidio. The Archbishop participated in two workshops, one on  “Education for Peace” and the other on “Africa, the Land of Opportunities”. A joint commitment to and appeal for peace throughout the world was issued by the gathering.

At the meeting of the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Unity Faith and Order (IASCUFO) held in Dublin, Republic of Ireland for 6 days immediately after the Sarajevo meeting the Archbishop referred to the gathering. In view of IASCUFO’s work of promoting unity and deepened communion not only in the Anglican Communion but in the whole Church, he asked, “When people look at us today, can they see beyond divisions within the Communion to recognise the body of Christ?” The Commission received updates from ecumenical dialogues with Lutherans, Methodists, the Orthodox, the Reformed and Roman Catholics.

The bishops of Makamba diocese and Western Tanganyika, which border each other, have forged a link.


- Muyinga diocese welcomed the return of Bridget Hathaway who is helping to set up Bethesda Outreach, a programme designed to raise awareness in communities about disability and to use resources and skills already available to enable people with disabilities to live more independent lives. The programme is working closely, for example with Mothers’ Union at community level.

- Josie Smith from Tearfund has been welcomed to Gitega diocese from where she will coordinate the International Citizen Service programme that will host teams of young UK volunteers for periods of 10 weeks for the next 3 years. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and led by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in partnership with Tearfund the teams will join local volunteers to work with development projects that make a direct impact on poor communities in Gitega and Matana dioceses. It is hoped that volunteers will retain an interest in issues of justice and development issues and use their experiences after the placement is finished.


  • Congratulations to the Rev. Pedaculi Birakengana who was confirmed as Provincial Secretary for a second term of 6 years by the Synod.
  • The Province was represented at the Trinity Wall Street Workshop on Financial Sustainability, Governance and Management held in Nairobi, Kenya at the beginning of September.
  • The Province welcomed the Rector of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, Rev. Dr. James Cooper who paid a brief visit to Burundi. A Trinity Grant is enabling the Province to build Faith Centre with a view to strengthening the Province’s financial resources for mission through investment and stewardship.
  • The Rt. Rev. Martin Nyaboho attended the recent World Council of Churches meeting in Crete.
  • The parish of Nyabigina, Makamba diocese celebrated its 50th anniversary on the 8th September. On the following day Makamba diocese and the diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania forged a partnership link.
  • Rev. Paisible Ndacayisaba attended a meeting of the Anglican Francophone Network held in Cameroon in September that considered issues among others of education, liturgy and peace, especially in Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Archbishop showing the Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street, the Revd. Jim Cooper, work in progress.