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Bishop Graham Cray with his team from Canterbury Diocese and Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza
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Revd Eileen Routh and others in discussion
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Bishops Roger and Graham with members of the Canterbury team at Tsingy Tsingy
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The Canterbury team with people of Antsiranana
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Team from Canterbury Diocese visits Antsiranana
By Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza
June 19, 2007

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The Diocese of Canterbury recently sent a team led by Bishop Graham Cray to the Diocese of Antsiranana. This visit was planned a year ago when Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza was invited to be an overseas guest speaker at the Diocesan Canterbury Clergy Conference at Guildford University.

The team consisted of six people: the Rt Rev Graham Cray, Bishop of Maidstone, Rev Ali Duguid, Rev Hilary Jones, Rev Colin Preece, Rev Eileen Routh and Dr Gill Sadler. When they arrived at the Arrachart Airport in Antsiranana, they discovered that all their luggage was stranded in Milan. They hoped that the luggage would arrive in Antsiranana before they had to depart on their journey home.

During their short visit, the members of the team were able to see some of the projects, such as the hostels, the library and especially the Ruth project, which empowers the women of Madagascar.

The team also led a clergy training seminar on the theme "Mission and Evangelism and Development in the Diocese". The Rev Colin Preece and the Rev Hilary Jones alternated with Bishop Graham Cray in an excellent teamwork presentation.

The clergy were delighted to attend this first ever training seminar for clergy and spouses. The seminar took place in the new Immanuel Hall, which was opened in October 2006.

This training for the Diocesan Clergy and spouses preceded the inauguration of the New Cathedral of St Matthew on Sunday 17th June 2007.