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Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi and Bishop Paul Butler opening the youth centre at Buye
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META group with Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi and some of the Provincial staff
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EAB Press August 2009
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August 13, 2009

[EAB Press - Burundi] VISIT OF SUFFRAGAN BISHOP OF SOUTHAMPTON, UK – 1- 10th August 2009
Within the framework of the long standing link with the diocese of Winchester, the Rt. Rev. Paul Butler and his wife, Rosemary, ended their visit to the Great Lakes region by spending some days in Burundi with visits to several of the dioceses.

Bishop Butler participated in the service of ordination at Buye and helped with the opening of the new youth centre. He spent some time in Matana and Makamba dioceses and preached at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Bujumbura.

The Province was able to congratulate Bishop Butler on his appointment as Bishop of the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, UK.

Twenty Canons were installed in Matana diocese on 19th July at a service in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Matana. The group included eight lay people, four of whom were women, seven archdeacons, and five priests.

On the 2nd August ordinations took place in Buye and Makamba dioceses.

In Buye ten deacons and two priests were ordained. They were encouraged by the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, to preach the Gospel, reach out to the sick and needy, and build the Kingdom of God. After the service the new youth centre was opened by the Archbishop and Bishop Paul Butler.

In Makamba the ordination of three priests was followed by an official welcome to the diocese of three priests who have returned from Tanzania where they had been ordained by the Bishop of Western Tanganyika Diocese.

Gitega and Matana dioceses valued the recent visit of the Mission Experience Team Abroad (Africa) from CMS Ireland led by Rev. Bobbie Moore. It provided opportunity to see the work of the Church first hand, to share experiences, and to consider ways of working together in the future.

While meeting with the staff of the Province they were able to hear, among other things, about the work in education that is supported by Irish Aid through CMS Ireland.

Mothers’ Union and UNFPA jointly organised training for religious leaders to consider issues of sexual and reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS, with specific reference to raising awareness among youth.

A representative from the Government thanked the organisers for the initiative and encouraged participants to share what they had learned with others.

The Rt. Rev. Pie Ntukamazina and Rt. Rev. Martin Nyaboho took greetings and congratulations from the Anglican Church of Burundi to the new Anglican Archbishop of Kenya, the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala, who was enthroned at the beginning of July.

The Rt. Rev. Eraste Bigirimana likewise represented the Province at the enthronement of the new Anglican Archbishop of DR Congo, the Most Rev. Henri Kaliwa Isingoma, on the 9th August.

The Province extends sympathy to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ian Smith, Director of Mission for CMS Ireland, who died on 29th July 09.

Ian will be remembered with gratitude to God for all the support he gave to the Church in Burundi both when he was working with CMS UK and, more recently, with CMS Ireland.

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