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The Rev. Eraste Bigirimana
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The Rt. Rev. Sixbert Macumi
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New Diocese and Two New Bishops for Anglican Church of Burundi
EAB PRESS 050927-1
September 27, 2005

[EAB Press - Burundi] The weekend of November 5-6th 2005 is set to be memorable and historic for the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi as two newly-elected Bishops are consecrated, and the new diocese of Muyinga is inaugurated.

Plans to divide the diocese of Gitega and create a sixth diocese, with its centre in the town of Muyinga, have been under discussion for several years. The diocese will serve the parishes in the north-eastern areas of Cankuzo and Muyinga that stretch to the border with Tanzania. It is a predominantly rural area. Many of those seeking repatriation will pass through the diocese of Muyinga.

The Rev. Eraste Bigirimana has been elected by the House of Bishops to be the Bishop of the new diocese. Rev. Eraste has been working as diocesan secretary for the diocese of Gitega. Married to Consolata, he has four children.

The Rev. Sixbert Macumi has more recently been elected by the House of Bishops to be the new, and third, Bishop of Buye. He will take over from the former Archbishop, and Bishop of Buye, the Most Rev. Samuel Ndayisenga who is retiring. Rev. Sixbert has been the Principal of the Bible School in Buye. He is married to Clothilde and has two children.

Both Bishops will be consecrated in Muyinga on the 5th November 2005. Rev. Sixbert will be installed in Buye on the following day.

** Pray for Rev. Eraste and Rev. Sixbert, and their families, as they prepare for, and begin, their new ministries.
** Pray for the life and work of the dioceses of Muyinga and Buye.
** Pray for the unity of the Church as it moves forward in its commitment to mission and evangelism; to peace and reconciliation; to repatriation of refugees and displaced people; to community development, literacy and education, and HIV/AIDS; and to theological education and training for ministry.