Friday, May 30, 2008

Tanzania: Valentino L. Mokiwa enthroned as primate

From EpiscopalLife Online:

The Most Rev. Valentino L. Mokiwa was enthroned May 25 as primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania during a five-hour ceremony in Holy Spirit Cathedral in Dodoma, Tanzania.

The entire service, including the sermon delivered by Mokiwa himself, was conducted in Swahili.

Mokiwa, 43, has served as bishop of the Diocese of Dar es Salaam since April 2002.

Mokiwa's homily centered on Paul's letter to the Philippians and he appealed to all Christians in the province, partners and well wishers to work together to support the church and build the body of Christ, said the Rev. Emmanuel Sserwadda, the Episcopal Church's program officer for Africa, who attended the service. "The new archbishop promised to reach out to all people, especially the marginalized."

Tanzania's vice president, Ali Mohamad Shenyi, spoke for an hour and pledged for the government to work together with the church in improving people's lives.

Archbishops Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda and Justice Akrofi of West Africa attended the ceremony, while the primates of Burundi, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda were represented by bishops from their respective provinces. . .

Check out this posting from January of this year, when then-Bishop Valentino visited San Diego and spoke at our local AAC meeting. From Holy Trinity Ocean Beach, we have this message:
Fr. Bausch is away from May 19th until June 3rd in order to attend the installation of our companion bishop as Primate of Tanzania. John and Lenora Witt will also be attending.
Please pray for their safe travel and for the LORD to continue leading Bp Valentino.

So the Province of the Southern Cone by way of San Diego is being well represented in Tanzania!

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