Mission - Companion Links

Diocese of Lui - The Episcopal Church of the Sudan

Companion Diocesan Links have been a means of developing relationships and mutual partnership in mission throughout the dioceses and parishes of the Anglican Communion for many years. The Diocese of Lui - The Episcopal Church of the Sudan is seeking a new link and has given information on the diocese below. If your diocese is interested in forming a link with them please respond directly to the Bishop.

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Province: The Episcopal Church of the Sudan
Diocese: The Diocese of Lui
Bishop: The Rt Revd Bullen A Dolli
Address: C/o P O Box 60837
Telephone: +452 257 3028
Email: luidiocese@wanavhi.com

Brief history of Diocese:

The Diocese was originally a CMS station started in 1920 by Dr Kenneth Grant Frazer, from Scotland. The Diocese was created in Northern Sudan – Khartoum in 1996 by the late Bishop Ephraim A Natana but unfortunately, he died and was buried in Khartoum. The Diocese was established in Lui, Southern Sudan, 11 April 1999, when I was consecrated as the first Bishop amongst Moru people. It is a new Diocese with a population of about 175,000, 25 parishes and 7 Archdeaconries, 38 clergy, 50 Mother’s Union. The Diocese covers an areas of about 7.85 square kilometres. The means of transport is bicycle. The Cathedral was bombed by the Sudan government.

Any previous or existing Links:

Only the provincial link with the Diocese of Winchester. The Diocese has no direct link with one single diocese.

Reason for wanting a Link:

To be linked with another diocese of the Anglican Communion based on spiritual development.
To build a good relationship on mutual understanding and trust through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ

What expectations you have of the Link?

  • To participate in pastoral exchange visits
  • To build a true mutual partnership of sharing together
  • To share in the spiritual development and training of clergy. The Diocese of Lui is newly created and there is a great need for clergy training. Most of the clergy are not trained because of the on-going war and lack of scholarship.
  • To support each other in prayer for the needs of our dioceses

What part of the world you would like your Link to be?


Describe the style and patterns of church life and ministry in your diocese.

Development and infrastructure of the Diocese which has been in war for 20 years. The struggles are in the field of education training, capacity building to make the community self-reliant
The goal/mission statement ‘The great Commission to make disciples of all nations by preaching the Good News and empowering God’s people (Matt 28 19-20 Mk 16-15). The mission of the Diocese of Lui is to spread the Good News, build sustainable peaceful and just God fearing community/society.
Activities: the on going conflict/war has paralysed major physical infrastructure, social and economic activities within the Diocese. Major activities include, evangelism, capacity building, youth activities women’s programmes, education under the trees, peace and justice, agriculture.

Would you like your Link diocese to reflect or contrast with the pattern described above?

To reflect with the patterns mentioned above.


Signature of Bishop: Signed   Date: 22 June 2004