Yesterday (Sunday 22nd April) saw the installation of CMSI’s good friend Justin Badi Arama as Archbishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. The six-hour service took place in All Saints’ Cathedral, Juba and was attended by thousands of people, including representatives of CMSI and the Church of Ireland.
Archbishop Justin is well known to CMSI supporters here in Ireland, having been hosted by the society on several occasions during a long and fruitful partnership with Maridi Diocese. His most recent visit, for which he was accompanied by his wife, Joyce, was in Autumn 2017, when he spoke at CMSI’s Ignite conference and the Changing Times event at Stormont, as well as visiting link churches.
In yesterday’s service, Archbishop Justin announced his plans for a 10-year focus on the Lord’s Prayer, as well as highlighting some of the objectives he hopes to fulfil in his new role, including that of greater Church unity.
CMSI Partnership Coordinator Linda Abwa attended the service in Juba, where she was joined by a number of other guests from the Church of Ireland, including Bishop Harold Miller and his wife, Liz. CMSI has helped to facilitate a three-way link between the Diocese of Down and Dromore, Maridi Diocese and Albany Diocese (USA). Bishop Love from Albany was also present yesterday.
Speaking about yesterday’s installation, CMSI’s Mission Director Jenny Smyth said:
"We are absolutely delighted that Archbishop Justin has been elected to this pivotal role. Over the years many deep and lasting friendships have developed through his ministry with people and parishes across Ireland. These links have inspired and challenged; they’ve deepened faith and enlarged vision. We owe a debt of gratitude to Archbishop Justin and assure him of our committed prayerful support for this new chapter of ministry. May God richly bless him and Mama Joyce as they continue to be channels of light and hope."