Juba, 06 September, 2023 / 9:24 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) have not abandoned their pastoral ministry in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Yei despite the security challenges, the Provincial Superior has told ACI Africa in an interview.
In the Wednesday, September 6 interview, Fr. Gregor Schmidt weighed in on the claim that missionaries had fled the South Sudanese Diocese for “fear for their lives”, which the Local Ordinary had made in an earlier interview with ACI Africa.
In the September 1 interview, Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor had lamented, “We are very few; the Clergy are very few. The missionaries who were working with us are no longer there because they fear for their lives; some of them went and joined the refugees in Uganda; some returned to their headquarters.”
According to Fr. Schmidt, Comboni missionaries have continued their pastoral ministry at Sacred Heart Lomin Parish of Yei Diocese.
“We did not leave the Diocese and the Parish; we pray there in Lomin, Kajo-keji every Sunday,” the MCCJ Provincial Superior in South Sudan said, adding that three Comboni Priests regularly visit the Parish premises, where their residence was “partly destroyed”.