Bishop Enock Tombe Retires As Bishop Of Rajaf Diocese

The Episcopal Bishop of Rajaf Diocese, Bishop Enock Tombe has announced his retirement from active church service after eight years.

Bishop Enock Tombe Retires As Bishop Of Rajaf Diocese
Bishop Enock Tombe [Gurtong file photo]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 14 January 2018 [Gurtong]-Retired Bishop Tombe made the announcement on Sunday, and said the Archbishop of the Internal Province of Central Equatoria, Paul Yugusuk, would take over as the Acting Bishop until a new head of the diocese is elected within ninety days.

 “I have today officially given up work in the church. This is purely administrative retirement. This is not the end of my service but would continue serving my people,” Bishop Tombe announced.

Bishop Tombe officially retired on the 9th of January as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Rajaf after replacing the late Bishop Michael Sokiri Lugör.

He said according to their constitution, a member of the Episcopal Church has to retire at an age maximum age of 65 which has reached as of July 2017.

Bishop Tombe said despite his retirement offering administrative services in the church, he would help in giving technical advice, mentor youth and show good working example to all people of South Sudan.

He promised to continue serving the people of South Sudan by working for peace.

“I am grateful to God that I have been able to do this mission, and I look forward to continue serving the church, the nation and the people of South Sudan,” Bishop Tombe said. “Even if I have retired herein Rejaf, the peace work is still in my hand,” he added.

Besides his church work, Bishop Tombe participated in the negotiation of the Agreement for Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan signed in Addis-Ababa in 2015.

After the agreement, he was selected to be a member of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) which oversees implementation of the peace agreement.

He is also represented the faith based in the IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum which led to the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in December last year.

Bishop Enock Tombe was the second bishop of Rejaf Diocese when he was elected into office on 24th October 2009. He was consecrated as Bishop on 13th December 2009 and enthroned on 19th December 2010. He was born on 12th July 1952.

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