South Sudanese Bishop Honored Posthumously for Building Peace Village

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The late South Sudanese Bishop Paride Taban is among the recipients of the 2023 Opus Prize, an annual faith-based humanitarian award that recognizes social entrepreneurship.  

In a press release announcing the three recipients of this year’s award, Opus Prize officials acknowledged the efforts of the Bishop who died on the Solemnity of All Saints in establishing the Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron which they have described as “an intentional community for people of diverse ethnic backgrounds who have experienced conflict.”

“South Sudan gained independence in June 2011 after more than 50 years of armed struggle and conflict in the North. As a result, South Sudan has more than 3.25 million people living in United Nations camps for internally displaced or refugee camps in neighboring countries. In response, Bishop Taban established Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron as a peaceful destination where human dignity can flourish,” the officials say.

They add, “The Village’s operations focus on agriculture training, education, health services, and food security, as well as conflict resolution and peacebuilding, forever changing the lives of thousands of Sudanese.”

The Bishop Emeritus of Torit Diocese has been nominated alongside Dr. Kristin Schroeder, co-founder of the International Cancer Care and Research Excellence Foundation (iCCARE), and Jameka Walker, Executive Director of Catholic Partnership Schools (CPS).


The award’s winner will receive $1 million while the two runners-up will walk away with  $100,000 each during the award ceremony scheduled for Thursday, November 9 at the USA-based Villanova University

Villanova Unversity President and chair of the Opus Prize jury, Fr. Peter M. Donohue says the 2023 Opus Prize finalists “have had a remarkable and lasting impact in the communities they serve.”

“Their unwavering commitment to improving the human condition, each in their own ways, is a testament to the boundless potential of compassion in action,” says Fr. Donohue.

Bishop Taban has received other awards for his work at the Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron, including the Sergio Vieira de Mello Peace Prize awarded by former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

The late Bishop who has been eulogized as a symbol for peace in South Sudan also won the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for co-founding the ecumenical body, building Kuron Peace Village, and chairing the mediation initiative between the Government of South Sudan and COBRA Faction of the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army.

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Bishop Taban’s funeral has been scheduled for Friday, November 10 after a requiem Mass at St Peter and Paul Cathedral of Torit Diocese.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.