This spring, The Mission received signed concordats from the Diocese of Kindu and the Diocese of Bukavu, both located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These concordats confirm mutually beneficial partnerships with The Mission under the oversight of Canon Kevin Donlon.
“The Anglican Mission is blessed to have the Dioceses of Bukavu and Kindu as partners,” Donlon says. “They are led by Bishop Bahati and Bishop Massimango—two godly men with a passion for mission and ministry and for developing new works for the sake of the Kingdom. Their zeal and vision complement our other partners, and the experience many of us in The Mission have partnering in East Africa will be a blessing to them.”
As a result of these partnerships, leaders from both Dioceses as well as Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, Bishop William Bahemuka of Boga Diocese, Bishop Sospeter Ndenza of Kibondo Diocese and Dr. Ross Lindsay met in Gisenyi, Rwanda, to plan the Anglican Leadership Ministry Institute. This joint project will bring ministry leaders from The Mission to assist lay and clergy from partner dioceses in equipping trainers in leadership development, spiritual formation and parish development. In the coming months, a team of 12 leaders from The Mission plan to work with leaders from Boga, Kindu, Bukavu and Kibondo in both the theory and practice of various areas of ministry.
“Already, we have the Ministry Institute on the calendar and one of our clergy planning to bring students to further their studies in refugee ministries, given some of the challenges on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s border,” Donlon says. “These points of contact are invaluable for partners and members of the Society. Both bishops value the work of The Mission and very much desire to be associated with a forward vision for Anglicans committed to mission such as The Anglican Mission.”
The Diocese of Kindu covers the entire area of the Province of Manama and the territory of Shabunda in the neighboring Province of South Kivu. It is divided into nine Archdeaconries, 49 parishes and 260 chapels. The Rt. Rev. Masimango Katanda serves as Bishop of the Diocese of Kindu.
The Diocese of Bukavu is among the eight dioceses that make up the Province of the Anglican Church of Congo (PEAC). It serves parts of South Kivu and parts of North Kivu. Bishop Bahati Bali-Busane Sylvester is the Bishop of the Diocese of Bukavu.
If you would like to be part of the Anglican Leadership Ministry Institute or underwrite resources, contact Canon Kevin Donlon at [email protected].