The Rev Louise Stewart, rector of Finaghy and Upper Malone Parish, delivered armfuls of handmade clerical robes to the offices of Church Mission Society Ireland (CMSI) on Monday morning.
Louise had had a very busy weekend of sewing and CMSI were delighted to receive such beautifully and lovingly made robes which are destined for a friend of Louise’s – the Rev Aime Joseph Kimararungu, Diocesan Secretary of Gitega Diocese, Burundi.
Louise and her parish hosted Rev Aime in 2014 during the CMSI 200th anniversary. They have remained in contact since this visit and when Louise heard the news that Rev Aime was to be appointed Bishop Coadjutor for Gitega Diocese, she wanted to do something to mark this special occasion.
With some dressmaking skills and a flair with fabric, she set about making Rev Aime his own set of clerical robes.
Jenny Smyth, CMSI Mission Director, said:
“For Louise to take such time and effort to mark this significant occasion for Rev Aime and the Diocese of Gitega speaks volumes about the impact of face to face contact and personal connections.”
CMSI said Rev Aime would be delighted with such a thoughtful gift. “We pray for him and Bishop John Nduwoya in this period of transition in Gitega Diocese,” the organisation stated.
Report and photos courtesy of CMSI.