“Be pillars of peace, unity within communities”: Archbishop to Clergy in South Sudan

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin of Juba Archdiocese in South Sudan. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The Catholic Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has called on members of the Clergy in Torit Diocese to foster peace and unity in the East-Central African nation in a manner that they can rely upon.

In his homily during a Thanksgiving Holy Mass for the Centenary anniversary of Torit Diocese Monday, November 21, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin said that members of the Clergy need to be aware of their role among the people of God. 

“Be pillars of stability, peace, and unity in your communities and work for the good of your people,” Archbishop Ameyu said during Holy Mass held at Sts Peter and Paul Cathedral of Torit Diocese.

The South Sudanese Archbishop urged members of the Clergy to know that their ministry “is very important for the people of God” they serve.

“You need to reconcile people within the community and it’s your role as Priests because it’s your responsibility as the messengers of God,” Archbishop Ameyu said, and underscored the need for Priests “to promote reconciliation amongst communities for sustainable peace.”


The Local Ordinary of Juba Archdiocese who doubles as the Apostolic Administrator of Torit Diocese further said, “We always need to practice good deeds in our daily lives for the goodness of the Church and the communities.”

“We need to learn how to do things in the right way, commit ourselves to think in the right way,” he said, adding that in accomplishing the mission as it should, members of the Clergy “will be safe in the Church and will continue to be safe in our state.”

“May God give you a good heart in order to live with one another in peace. May God give us peace to live together so that we work for the good of our Church and our country,” the 58-year-old Catholic Church leader implored in his November 21 homily.

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.