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Bishop Pedaculi receives a Bible
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EAB PRESS 130805-1
August 5, 2013

[EAB Press - Burundi] The 4th August 2013 was a historic day in the life of the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi as the new diocese of Rumonge was inaugurated and the Rt. Rev. Pedaculi Birakengana was consecrated and installed as Bishop.

The Archbishop of Burundi, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi presided along with the Rt. Rev. John Nduwayo, Bishop of Gitega; Rt. Rev. Martin Nyaboho, Bishop of Makamba; Rt. Rev. Eraste Bigirimana, Bishop of Bujumbura; Rt. Rev. Sixbert Macumi, Bishop of Buye.

Central to the ceremonies was the moment when the Archbishop and other Bishops laid their hands on Rev. Pedaculi and he received the symbols of office - Bible, cross, a ring, and as he was installed, a staff. Archbishop Ntahoturi presented Bishop Pedaculi to the congregation who welcomed him warmly. A number of choirs participated in the service adding their praise to God.

Greetings and congratulations were brought by representatives from Government and Churches of Burundi as well as by visitors who included the Rt. Rev. Bahati Bali-Busane Sylveste, Bishop of Bukavu diocese, DRCongo; Rt. Rev. Mbanda Laurent, Bishop of Shyila diocese, Rwanda; a delegation from Tanzania included Rt. Rev. Makaya Sadock Yakobo, Bishop of Kasulu diocese, Tanzania who preached. Representing the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham in UK was Rev. Denise Dodd, the World Church Partnership Advisor for the diocese and Associate Priest at St. James Church, Porchester, Nottingham.

In his sermon based on John 21 the Rt. Rev. Makaya Sadock Yakobo, Bishop of Kasulu diocese spoke of the importance of God’s call to ministry especially to “feed” and to “take care of” people outside and inside the Church. It is to this ministry that Bishop Pedaculi is called. He urged the Church to pray for its new Bishop and also to consider God’s call on the lives of individuals.

The new diocese of Rumonge is the seventh diocese of the Anglican Church of Burundi and will serve the parishes in the south west of the country in the archdeaconries of Rumonge, Nkizi, Mudende, Mubira, Bitare and Rugombero. It will consist of about 50 parishes and numerous sub-parishes.

Bishop Pedaculi was born in 1966 into an Anglican family. He was baptised in 1967 and confirmed in 1986. In fulfilment of a promise made when he was at school to serve God he went on to attend Uganda Christian University from 1996 to 1999 and was awarded a Bachelor in Divinity. He was ordained deacon in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Bujumbura in August 1999 and ordained Priest in November 2001. He served as the Curate of Holy Trinity Cathedral from 1999 to 2006 before becoming the Provincial Secretary of the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi during which time he served as a Pastor attached to Holy Trinity Cathedral. He is married to Mrs Anatolie Dusabe and has one son and six daughters.

Asked about his thoughts on becoming the Bishop of a new diocese he said that he knows that God, who is all powerful, can take weak vessels and fill them with his grace in order that unity and thanksgiving may overflow and bring Him glory. In the face of the challenges of a new diocese “Together with our Lord Jesus Christ, yes we can”, he said as he emphasised the preaching of the Good News. He will bring considerable pastoral experience to the diocese.

Reviewing the occasion Archbishop Ntahoturi expressed his delight at the creation of the new diocese. He said, “I am grateful to God and to all those who held us in prayer.”