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Bishop Ian Ernest presenting the document on vocations at his Press Conference
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The Diocese worship band performing at the Rally held during the Vocation Week end.
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Vocation Week-end
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June 19, 2005

[Diocese of Mauritius - Indian Ocean] The Diocese organized on the 18 and 19 June a vocation week-end. This event was held at the Diocesan Training centre in Curepipe.

On this occasion the Bishop, Right Rev Ian Ernest, held a press conference. He presented to the Medias the document entitled ‘Training for Transformation’. This document of 20 pages defines the Mauritian Anglican Diocese’s policy concerning vocation. The areas covered are (a) the Selection and discernment process, (b) models and options for training and formation (c) the financial implications of different models of training (d) the introduction of a vocation’s Sunday.

Our Bishop said ‘Equipping its people is vital for the growth and the continuity of the Church. It is time for our Diocese to encourage new leadership to emerge.’ Bishop Ernest stressed that this new leadership is two-fold: ‘The laity has to be part and parcel of the Body of Christ and the Clergy has to be able to guide and nurture this Body’.

The Vocation Committee is composed of Canon Brian Marajh, Director of the Diocesan Training Centre, Mrs Gladys Cunniah, Canon Lewis Barry, Mr. Sylvio Ramsahye and late Rev Clency Madarbaccus.


During this week-end, the participants were given the opportunity to discover the different ministries of the Diocese through a display. Fifteen departments displayed their activities.

Among them we noted ‘Paroles sous les Tropiques’ a monthly radio program aired, on MBC Radio, every last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm.

The participants also benefited from lectures given by Pastor David White of the Presbyterian Church and Father Georgy Kenny of the Diocese of Port Louis.


The Bishop officially launched the Mauritian Anglican Diocese News Web Site, which is linked with the portal of the International Anglican Communion Office. The English site address is:


and the French site address is:


A rally followed by a celebration put an end to this fruitful week-end.