Bishop Hilary of the Diocese of Yei in South Sudan and his wife Mama Joyce will be visiting Connor from September 25–30.
Connor and Yei formed a partnership in 2006, and since then a number of teams have visited southern Sudan, which became the independent state of South Sudan in July. The most recent visit was by a young team from Lisburn Cathedral who ran youth events in Yei town and Mongo village in the days preceding independence.
Bishop Hilary and Mama Joyce’s itinerary is still being finalised but the Bishop will be speaking at Sudan Focus Evening on Tuesday September 25 at 7.30pm in CMS Ireland’s Belfast offices. He will address what the future holds for the Church in an independent Republic of South Sudan.
A META team from Connor Diocese, led by Bishop Alan, will be travelling to Yei next January, delivering among other things ministry, youth, finance and administration training and furthering the bonds that have been fostered since the partnership between Connor and Yei was established.
The new Mongo Primary School, in the village where Bishop Hilary grew up, was funded by parishes and individuals in Connor and was opened by Canon Cecil Wilson during a Connor META in July 2010.