Reverend Joseph SEHORANA and Reverend Jean Pierre Methode RUKUNDOcurrently working in the Office of the Bishop of Anglican Church, Shyogwe Diocese havebeen appointed as the next Archdeacons of Hanika and Shyogwe. They will begin their ministries as Archdeacons on July 1st, 2019. Rev. Joseph SEHORANA succeeds Venerable Louis Pasteur KABAYIZA and Rev. Methode RUKUNDO succeeds Venerable Jean Berchimas MUTIMURA.
Announcing the appointment of Rev Joseph and Rev Methode as new Archdeacons, The Right Reverend Dr. Jered KALIMBA, the Bishop of Shyogwe Diocese has said:“I am delighted that Rev Joseph and Rev Methode will be the next Archdeacons of Hanika and Shyogwe. They are still young and I hope they will effectively use their gifts and skills in our new vision in evangelism for church growth and holistic transformation”.
Rev Joseph served in Rugobagoba and Gitarama Parishes Shyogwe Archdeaconry and is currently the Resources Manager and Legal Advisor in the Office of the Bishop, so he knows Shyogwe Diocese very well.
Before ordination, Joseph worked as Program Manager in the Ecumenical Center for Training and Documentation in Kigali for eight years. He is a creative person. He will bring vision, energy and thoughtfulness to his new post and the Bishop is very confident that his ministry will be a blessing to the parishes of Hanika Archdeaconry. Rev Joseph SEHORANA will also add value to the senior team in the diocese as Diocesan Chancellor. Rev Joseph holds a Master’s Degree of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree of Protestant Theology. He is married to Mrs. Clementine DUSHIMIMANA and God blessed them with two children.
Rev Methode served in different parishes as Parish Priest and he lead the Diocesan Department of Development for 12 years. He is a PhD Candidate specializing in Theology and Development. He is married to Jean d’Arc MUKABATESI and has five kids. He is experienced man both at local and international level with a great sense of humor.
Rev Joseph and Rev Methode will be Collated and Installed (or admitted at a special Service) as the Archdeacons of Hanika and Shyogwe in the upcoming days.
In the Anglican Church,an Archdeacon is responsible for the administration of an Archdeaconry which is a part of a Diocesan Area and comprises a number of Parishes.
Since June 2014, the Diocese of Shyogwe decided to reduce the number of seven archdeaconries to four. This has been done to strengthen the capacity of the archdeaconries. We believe that instead of having more archdeaconries that do not work as it should, it is better to have fewer but working well.
The archdeaconries that make up our Diocese are now: Shyogwe (leaded by Rev. Methode RUKUNDO; Ndiza (by Arch Joseph IYAKAREMYE) Hanika (by Rev. Joseph SEHORANA) and Nyarugenge (by Arch Edward NYITURIKI). Congratulations to the new Archdeacons!