“Feel God closer”: Vicar General in South Sudan Cautions Flood Victims against Despair

Fr. William Bol, Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Malakal. Credit: ACI Africa

The Vicar General of South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese has cautioned people of God affected by floods in Upper Nile State that is covered by the South Sudanese Episcopal See against despair. 

In an interview with ACI Africa on Friday, September 22, Fr. William Bol called upon the flood victims to feel the presence of God in their lives amid the current challenges, which he said have negatively affected pastoral activities in the South Sudanese Catholic Diocese.

“In difficulties, we feel God closer. So, we encourage the people to keep their faith in God because difficulties are not meant to destroy us but to bring the best out of us, and find better ways to deal with the situation,” Fr. Bol said.

He called upon the flood victims in Malakal Diocese not to “give up because difficulties are meant to improve our lives. It is only in difficulties that we see the meaning of life.”

“We give hope to the people and the hope is that better things are ahead,” the South Sudanese Catholic Priest told ACI Africa in the interview at the General Secretariat of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) in Juba.


The Vicar General of Malakal Diocese since November 2022 emphasized the need for the flood victims to look towards the future with hope in better days, saying, “We shall not be in difficulties forever.”

“God is ever closer to us. God has never abandoned us,” Fr. Bol reiterated, and continued, “People should not see the situation they are going through as completely negative because God is able to bring the best out of the worst.”

Amid life’s challenges, he said, “it does not mean God has abandoned us or we are the worst people and God never thought of us. No, God is always closer to those who have put their trust in Him.”

The member of the Clergy of Malakal Diocese went on to advocate for patience, saying, “We have to be patient and give God a chance to work the best out of our lives and our situation.”

Reflecting on how the floods have affected pastoral activities in the South Sudanese Diocese, Fr. Bol said that the roads have been washed away, making it impossible to access Parishes by car. 

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“We reach them using boats because it is not possible to use cars,” the Vicar General of Malakal told ACI Africa on September 22 in reference to Catholic Parishes in the flood-stricken Upper Nile State.

Kerbino Kuel Deng is a South Sudanese journalist who is passionate about Church communication. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.