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The Rev. Pédaçuli Birakengana
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Synod Elects New Provincial Secretary; Drought Threatens Country
EAB PRESS 060209-1
February 9, 2006

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[EAB Press - Burundi] 

New Provincial Secretary

At the Synod, held at the beginning of January, the Rev. Pédaçuli Birakengana was elected as the next Provincial Secretary.

Born in 1966, Rev. Pédaçuli is married to Anatolie and has five children.

He studied theology at Uganda Christian University from where he gained a Bachelor in Divinity. He has been Pastor of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Bujumbura.

The Province congratulates him on his appointment that will take effect from April 2006.

News In Brief

Ø Congratulations to Rev. Tharcisse Rushemeza on his appointment as Diocesan Secretary for Gitega diocese, and Rev. Pascal Blaise Nkunzimana on his appointment as Diocesan Secretary for Buye diocese.

Ø Congratulations also to Rev. Egide Nkirishaka who has recently been appointed as a Chaplain to the Army.

Ø The parish of Musaga, Bujumbura diocese, said farewell to Canon François Mbogoye who retired at the beginning of January after 56 years in the ministry.

Ø 25 deacons and 2 pastors were ordained in Matana Cathedral on 29th January 2006.

Ø Matana diocese welcomed Rev. Pat and Pam Brooks at the beginning of February.

Drought Threatens the Country

Once again, the rains in the country have been insufficient and drought and famine are now threatening 14 out of the country’s 17 provinces, with the most affected areas in the north. This presents particular challenges for the dioceses as they seek to respond to the current crisis.


The Province thanks all those who sent messages of condolence following the death of the Most Rev. Samuel Sindamuka. It was a great compliment to him, and his life and ministry, that tributes were paid in person by the President of Burundi, his first Vice-President, and two former presidents.

The EAB PRESS EXTRAs giving details of his death and the funeral in Matana can be found on the Anglican Communion website.

Forthcoming Events

** Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, together with Josephine Bigari and Edmond Bayisabe, will be attending the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Brazil from 14th to 23rd February, 2006, that will address the theme “God, in your grace, transform the world”.

** Claudette Kigeme and Emilienne Ruzobavako will be attending the 50th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Issues to be addressed include enhanced participation of women in development, gender equity, and the advancement of women in the fields of education, health and work.