Archdeacon Phil and the Revd Canon Helen Sammon represented the Diocese of Gloucester at the consecration of Bishop Emmanuel Bwatta, the new Bishop of Western Tanganyika (DWT) in Tanzania.
DWT is one of our international partner dioceses. The Rt Revd Emmanuel Bwatta, formerly Principal of Lake Tanganyika Theological College is well known to many in Gloucester He succeeds the Rt Revd Sadock Makaya who retired on the same day as Bishop Emmanuel was installed.
Archdeacon Phil chairs the Diocesan Partnerships Group and Helen Sammon is the Link Officer for DWT.
In the video below Bishop Emmanuel sends his warm greetings to all in the Diocese of Gloucester (with apologies for the less than BBC quality sound due to a generator just outside the window).
Archdeacon Phil said about the short trip, “It was wonderful to be able to join our brothers and sisters in Tanzania to celebrate with them as they welcome their new Bishop. Bishop Emmanuel is already a good friend of the Diocese of Gloucester, and we look forward to continuing to work even more closely with him and the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in the coming years, as we partner in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ across the world.
“Although we were only in Kasulu, where the Diocesan Offices and the Cathedral are based, for a few days, we took the opportunity to visit a number of schools and churches that are in partnership with schools and churches in this Diocese. As usual, we experienced a wonderful welcome, full of joy and gratitude to God, and came home challenged, inspired and encouraged by our partners in the worldwide body of Christ”.