By Candia Stephen
Arua-The Bishop of Madi and West Nile Diocese Charles Collins Andaku has called for the splitting of the Diocese in to two for effective preaching and administration.
The diocese currently comprises of 12 arch deaconries and covers seven districts of Zombo, Arua, Maracha, Koboko, Yumbe, Moyo and Adjumani.
Bishop Collins, while responding to the recent diocesan audit report at the headquarters in Mvara, disclosed that due to the large size of the diocese, reaching out to the Christians effectively remains a challenge hence the need to split the diocese.
“The Diocese is big and often times I rely on the two South Sudanese Bishops currently living with us at the cathedral and arch deacons to do outreach programs and administer sacraments,” Bishop Andaku said.
In the Anglican Church, a diocese is formed from two or more archdeaconries especially after attaining financial stability and administrative facilities. For the dioceses to start operating, each must have a cathedral, Shs 12 million on a diocese bank account, diocesan office space and a residence for the clergy and the Bishop.
In 2014, Busoga diocesan authorities requested that it should be split into three dioceses on grounds that it was vast to be managed by one Bishop. Already Vurra Archdeaconry was formed last week where parts of Zombo are curved to form the arch deaconry.
There are two Anglican dioceses of Madi and West Nile and Nebbi. The Catholic Church also has two dioceses in the West Nile with Arua and Nebbi. But some Christians of Moyo and Adjumani are advancing for creation of a new diocese.
The Bishop also noted that since he took over from Bishop Obetia Joel, the diocese has managed to plant over 13,000 trees so as to beautify and restore the environment around the cathedral, confirm over 8,000 Christians and reach out to the refugees in the camps.
The Diocese needs at least two Bishops because it is wide and has a growing number of Christians who need to receive the word of God and sacraments,” Bishop Collins added.
Madi and West Nile Diocese will this year June celebrate 100 years of Christianity and several activities are already in effect to commemorate the centenary of the Anglican faith in West Nile.