3 May 2021 • News
Family members, the House of Bishops, clergy, representatives from other Churches, a delegation from the Administrative Board and friends were among those who gathered on Thursday 29th April 2021 at St Luke’s Cathedral in Gitega for the funeral of the Rt. Revd John Wesley NDUWAYO, the former Bishop of Gitega.
Bishop John Wesley Nduwayo served as Bishop of the Diocese since its creation in 1985 as the third diocese of the Anglican Church of Burundi. He also served as Dean of the Province and worked for the creation of two more dioceses, Muyinga and Buhiga.
He was actively committed to preaching the Good News of Christ and to peace and reconciliation particularly during times of national crisis.
In the sermon delivered on the occasion, Archbishop Emeritus Bernard Ntahoturi stressed the long and hard journey Bishop John had had while still holding to the call to be a shepherd of God’s people despite the hardships and challenging circumstances he went through.
“Many crises that have put his faith to the test have occurred, times of discouragement have happened, but still he has remained true to the Bible-based Good News of love and reconciliation in a fragmented society”, he said.
Bishop John Wesley retired in 2019 after serving 33 years. The love of Christ and true, uncompromised Christian values are part of the legacy he leaves for the Anglican Church, the next generation and the entire community of Burundi.