Archbishop Justin and Mama Joyce travelled to Yambio, with a team from the Provincial Office including Diocese of Wonduruba’s Bishop Matthew for a time of prayer and fasting ahead of preparations to elect the new Archbishop for the Internal Province. After being welcomed at All Saints’ Cathedral they took time to pay their respects at the grave of Archbishop Peter Munde who passed away in October.
Speaking after the event, Archbishop & Primate Justin Badi Arama said:
“I came to Yambio for the process of selection and enthronement of the second Archbishop for the Western Equatoria Internal Province to replace the late Archbishop Peter Munde.
I’m glad that the selection went smoothly and today, the first Sunday of Lent, we have installed the Most Revd Sam Enosa Peni as the second Internal Archbishop for Western Equatoria Internal Province. It is something we thank God for, that the Lord has done this as we enter the period of Lent.
I want to thank all the people of Western Equatoria Internal Province for the way they did the election with love, it went smoothly, this is the example that we should emulate to unify ourselves and demonstrate maturity in all we do.”
Hon Badagbu Daniel Rimbasa, Governor of Gbudwe State, thanked the church:
“On behalf of the people of Gudue State and on my own behalf I take the opportunity to thank the Primate & Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan for his visit to Yambio Diocese and the Internal Province and to come and enthrone the Archbishop of the Internal Province. On the same note I congratulate the Archbishop of the Internal Province who has just been enthroned, Most Revd Peni for this wonderful day. Thank the church especially for the relationship we have with the church as government, to thank them for how we work together government and church in this area.”
Archbishop Samuel spoke to the people of Western Equatoria Internal Province:
“Thank those who have given me this responsibility to become the second Internal Archbishop for Western Equatoria Internal Province and the fourth Bishop of Yambio. I am humbled because of the gift that God has put in the hearts of the people of the Internal Province to elect me to this position and I call upon God to help me that I will be able to do his will, that I will be able to take the lead so that I can to do what he wants. I can do what He wants. As this is the time of Lent I call upon us to reflect, examine ourselves, our relationship with our God and each relationship with other.”