Newly Launched Book Offers “window to life, reality of real people” of South Sudan: Nun

Cover-page of the new book titled “Collaborative Mission in South Sudan: Towards a New Paradigm. Credit: Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS)

Readers of the 280-page newly launched book are expected to gain deeper insight into the identity, life, and real situations of the people of God in South Sudan, a Catholic Nun has told participants during the virtual event that took place Thursday, April 21. 

Published under the title, “Collaborative Mission in South Sudan: Towards a New Paradigm”, the book details activities and projects of Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS), an initiative of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) and the Union of Superiors General (USG), established in response to a request from the members of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC).

“The book gives us a little window to the life and reality of real people, the people of South Sudan, and the efforts made so far by those who committed themselves at great cost, some at the cost of their lives, to be in solidarity with the people,” Sr. Teresa Okure said about the book that was edited by Fr. Lazar Stanislaus and Sr. Carolyn Buhs.

Sr. Okure added, “The book further gives us biblical, theological and historical reflections on the life of the people of South Sudan and the activities of the project of solidarity with them.”

Sr. Teresa Okure during the April 21 book launch. Credit: Courtesy Photo


“While we joyfully launch the book with great appreciation of the rich information it gives about the people,” the Nigerian-born Catholic Nun said, “We need to remember that everything in the book is about the people, the flesh and blood people of South Sudan and their God-given heritage, their land with its enviable multi-dimensional rich resources.”

The member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) continued, “We need to see the book as being in function of or in service to the people of South Sudan. They existed first and the efforts to meet their daily needs and predicament brought about the Project of Solidarity with South Sudan and the book we are launching.”

She described the book as “a rare and laudable accomplishment” and added, “We should not lose sight of the people of South Sudan, the real subject of the Project which produced this book.”

“This book is inviting us, its readers, to get in touch with the people of South Sudan, the real subject of the book, to be collaboratively in solidarity with the people as the book title indicates,” Sr. Okure said.

Readers who might not have interacted with the people of God in South Sudan at a personal level can be in solidarity with South Sudanese, she said.

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“The primary purpose of this book launch is to invite us who may not have the opportunity and privilege to physically visit or live in South Sudan, to be in solidarity with the people, as are those who have written the book and their members who have done so for ages,” Sr. Okure said about the 14-chapter book that is divided into three parts.

The book whose launch was held online to allow a greater participation from Religious Orders, Unions and other SSS partners not present in Rome invites the people of God across the globe to share with SSS “the experience of being in solidarity with the people of South Sudan,” she said.

“The book is calling us to reflect on, identify concretely how the actions, interests, greed and policies of our nations, possible including ours, may consciously or unconsciously contribute to in generating the current undesirable state of the people of South Sudan,” Sr. Okure added.

The professor of Scripture and gender hermeneutics at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) in Port Harcourt further said that the new book calls upon people “to reflect together, collaboratively, on ways to address this situation in justice (truth in relationship) to the people of South Sudan.”

“The call to Solidarity with the People of South Sudan (SPSS) is the purpose of the book on the Project of Solidarity with South Sudan (PSSS),” Sr. Okure added.


In order to truly be in solidarity with the people of God in South Sudan, Sr. Okure identified four life-centered assets, which can help readers of the new book.

Credit: Courtesy Photo

These include, God’s solidarity with human beings in Christ; our status as “outsiders”; a commitment to our consecration (baptismal consecration and women and men Religious), and prayer and advocacy. 

“This year 2022, the mid-year in the process of the Synod on Synodality, the year in which Pope Francis plans to visit South Sudan, is a good time, a providential time, to launch this book on Collaborative Ministry in South Sudan,” Sr. Okure said.

The highlighted events of this year, she further said, provides an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the people of God in South Sudan.

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“It is the year in which through the Synod on Synodality, God is doing a new deed, making all things new in the church and in the world,” the author of the twelfth chapter of the new book, “Scriptural reflections on the context of collaborative mission in South Sudan”, said during the April 21 launch. 

She implored, “May we commit ourselves to walk together as equals, brothers and sisters all (Fratelli Tutti), as we partner with the people of South Sudan to enable and empower them to have that fullness of life which God has destined for them, all of them, in their richly endowed land and heritage.”

Hard copies of the book are to be availed during the UISG Plenary Assembly scheduled to take place at SSS office in Rome from May 2. 

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Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.