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Episcopal Consecration for Congo Announced

Oct 4, 2012


Bishop Elect Ayule-Milenge, preaching.

The Metropolitan of the ACC announced this week that he has taken order for the episcopal consecration of the Very Reverend Steven Ayule-Milenge to be the first Bishop Ordinary of the Missionary Diocese of Congo (MDC).  Established in 2011 by an act of the ACC's Nineteenth Provincial Synod, the MDC covers one of the most troubled areas in all of Africa, the Region of Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Located on the DRC's border with Rwanda, the Kivu Region has been subject to repeated invasion and devastation since the late 1990s.  Much of the fighting was a continuation of the struggle between the Hutus and Tutsis that began with the Rwandan genocide of 1994.  Because belligerents have included both national armies and ethnic militias, peace has been very difficult to achieve.  Though a treaty was signed in 2009, the area still suffers from the aftereffects of a brutal conflict, where starvation and rape were commonly used weapons against the civilian population.  

Bishop Elect Ayule-Milenge has been instrumental in advancing the Church's mission of bringing healing to this war torn area.  Under his leadership, the ACC has been able to carry out a great deal of humanitarian work, particularly through providing economic assistance and counseling to victims of sexual violence.  Since rebuilding lives must be accompanied by rebuilding infrastructure, the Bishop Elect has also been working with the Regional government to provide new opportunities for education.  His diocese was recently authorized to open twenty-five new schools around the Province of South Kivu, one of the areas hardest hit by the fighting.  

Bishop Elect Ayule-Milenge will be flying to the US later this month where he will participate in the October Provincial Meetings.  His consecration will take place at 5 p.m, October 16th at the Church of the Holy Guardian Angels, Lantana, Florida.  Archbishop Haverland will preside. 

For more information on this story, or other news from around the ACC, see the November/December issue of The Trinitarian.

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