The Local Ordinary of Wau Diocese who doubles as the Apostolic Administrator of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese further says that despite the challenges faced by the people of God under his pastoral care, evangelization needs to continue without anyone giving up.
“It is clear that today we are bogged down by so many important issues and concerns. There is a great deal of anger, division, anxiety and search for power. In times like these, we are tempted to retreat and circle the wagons,” the South Sudanese Bishop says in his pastoral letter shared with ACI Africa.
He urges members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and the Laity to leave the comfort of their homes, and Parishes and imitate Jesus in seeking out the lost and evangelize, spreading the good news of salvation.
In his Pastoral Letter a year since he was ordained a Bishop, the South Sudanese Catholic Church leader highlights different stages that the Diocese of Wau has gone through as it grew through the work of evangelization that was spearheaded by the Comboni Missionaries.
“Missionaries, religious, and lay people came to this Diocese from across the world, bringing the message of salvation with them. Over time, the Church was organized, first as a prefecture Apostolic of Bahr el-Ghazal, vicariate apostolic of Bahr el-Ghazal, Vicariate apostolic of Wau. Finally, in 1974, the Diocese of Wau was erected, during the time of Bishop Gabriel Zubeir Wako. Since then, the Gospel continues to go forth,” Bishop Remijio says.
He further makes reference to the motto of Wau Diocese, “To renew all things in Christ”, and calls for reflection on what the church is and the need to glorify God and announce the good news.
“By her proclamation of the Gospel, the Church draws her hearers to receive and profess the faith, she prepares them for baptism, snatches them from the slavery of error, and she incorporates them into Christ so that through love for him they grow to full maturity in Christ,” he says, making reference to the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, Lumen Gentium.
The Local Ordinary of Wau Diocese urges the faithful to support the church financially through tithes and other forms of financial aid so as to enable the church to carry out her mission.
The 49-year-old South Sudanese Catholic Bishop says that the purpose of sacraments does not only make people holy; they also have a teaching function, he says, and calls upon Parish Priests in his episcopal jurisdiction to prepare adequately before the celebration of baptism.
He also highlights the need for altar servants to practice and know their roles before participating in Holy Mass.