The project of the combined Religious in South Sudan to build a centre for human, pastoral and spiritual formation, peace building and trauma healing for South Sudanese and church personnel – lay, clergy and religious – at Kit near Juba, South Sudan, was launched officially by Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro on 11th October 2014. Thanks to the drive and energy of Fr Daniele Moschetti, Chairperson of the Association, and of Comboni Brother, Hans Eigner, a skilled engineer, this centre, now named as the ‘Good Shepherd Peace Centre’ will be blessed and opened on this coming Saturday, 15th October, 2016.
Given the conflict within the country and the difficulty this posed in bringing in materials and employing a capable workforce, the completion of this Centre is a remarkable achievement. More than 2.7 million US dollars were raised to construct the Centre and it has been completed within budget. Brother Denis has put many hours into the project bookkeeping and banking.
Appropriate ecological systems have been used, consisting of a 50 kWp solar power system, a straw shredder and briquetting press to replace the use of firewood and charcoal, a solar hot water system for kitchen and laundry and a wastewater biological treatment plant. There are forty, en-suite bedrooms each capable of taking two beds plus a youth hostel that can accommodate 60. Instead of photos, I am attaching a copy of the August edition of the ‘Kit Center News’ that shows the buildings nearing completion.
The initial community to staff the Centre consists of a South Sudanese Comboni Priest, two members of Solidarity with South Sudan – a Vincentian priest from the Philippines, and a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from the USA – plus a Jesuit priest from Rwanda and a St Martin De Porres Brother from Uganda. It is being staffed by a team living unity in diversity.
That the Centre exists at all shows that a lot can be achieved against the odds. It is a gift of hope for the people of South Sudan and especially for all who will go there.
– Br Bill