Ibba Diocese is one of the newest of CMSI’s Global Partners and is by far the poorest and least resourced of our four partner dioceses in South Sudan, having suffered from its remote location and poor communications, as well as the conflicts in Sudan and DR Congo. The diocese is led by Bishop Wilson Kamani.
The diocese is situated in the State of Western Equatoria and covers an area that is approximately 180 miles by 65 miles – that’s slightly bigger than the Province of Ulster. Ibba Town is on the main road between Maridi and Yambio.
For those living in the area covered by the diocese, life is hard. Abject poverty, poor infrastructure, limited education provision, inadequate healthcare and the constant threat posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army – these are just some of the challenges for those in Ibba. It is in this context that the Church is seeking to offer hope, healing and help.
“The Diocese of Ibba exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, build the capacity and promote holistic development in the community.”
There are four Archdeaconaries in the diocese with a total of 20 parishes – each seeking to fulfill this mission.
CMSI’s partnership with Ibba Diocese goes back over many years, but the relationship was given a new lease of life with the visit to Ireland of Bishop Wilson Kamani in 2010. New Partnership Links with churches in Ireland have since been established.