Catholic Archbishop in South Sudan Emphasizes Need for Learner Discipline in Institutions

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin during the Solemnity of St. Daniel Comboni at St. Theresa Cathedral of Juba Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

There is need for learners to embrace discipline during their life in learning institutions to guarantee a successful future, the Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has said. 

In his Monday, October 10 homily during the Solemnity of St. Daniel Comboni at St. Theresa Cathedral of Juba Archdiocese,  Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin invited learners to pray for the Spirit of God to strengthen them.

“As Christians, we must be ready to discipline ourselves; without discipline, we cannot be successful in our lives,” Archbishop Ameyu said during Holy Mass that had students of St. Daniel Comboni Secondary School Juba in attendance.

He added, “We need to learn from each other to be successful in whatever we are planning to do or offering to the people that we are meant to serve.”

Making reference to St. Combini, the Local Ordinary of Juba Archdiocese who doubles as the Apostolic Administrator of Torit Diocese encouraged students to emulate missionaries who made sacrifices to bring the Christian faith to Sudan. 


“Sacrifice must come from us because those who brought to us faith have sacrificed souls after souls,” Archbishop Ameyu said, adding that “those who succeed are people who sacrifice a lot in their lives because when you sacrifice for something you will really be successful in whatever you sacrifice doing it.”

He went on to cite the teaching of Jesus Christ about the Good Shepherd, saying, “We must always proclaim the good news of Christ through sacrifice in our lives as Christians.”

"We must prophesy ourselves to be good shepherds, good shepherds as teachers, doctors not only as Priests; good shepherds as fathers of families, good shepherds as mothers in the home, good shepherds as leaders who lead people to goodness the way each and every one of us wants to be," Archbishop Ameyu said during the October 10 event.

The 58-year-old South Sudanese Archbishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in March 2019 as the Bishop of Torit Diocese further said, “God will give us the spirit for us to be together and to build ourselves more and more as a nation and Church.”

He added, “Remember all the miracles of Christ are possible with people who only have opened themselves with faith.”

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“All the gifts we received are only possible through our openness and participation,” the South Sudanese Archbishop said, and added, “May God grant us this spirit because whenever we ask Him for something that we truly desire with all our hearts, we will receive it exactly as we desire.”

Patrick Juma Wani is a South Sudanese journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. Patrick holds a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Makerere Institute for Social Development (MISD) in Uganda. He has over 7 years of extensive experience in leading the development and implementation of media, advocacy, communication and multimedia strategy and operations, with an excellent track record of editorial leadership, budget management, and stakeholder outreach. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.