South Sudan: Paride Taban 40 years a Bishop

I was ordained a priest on 24th May 1964 and ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Juba Archdiocese on 4th May 1980 and was appointed the Bishop Ordinary of Torit Diocese on 7th August 1983.

I retired from the administration of the Catholic Diocese of Torit on 12th April 2004 in order to found the Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron. This is to keep my motto of Priesthood and my motto when I became a bishop.

My motto when I became a catholic priest on 24th May 1964 was “Help your brothers and sisters in their difficulties” My motto as bishop is “God is Love”. The third is the command of Jesus to His disciples- Mk 16:15. “Go into the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation”.

By the grace of God, the encouragement of my parents, relatives, communities and the support of friends, all organisations who have taken the course of supporting the poor in the world, I still persevere in serving the needy in the world. I had gone through three decades of war in Sudan/South Sudan, from the time I was ordained a priest in 1964 till today I am still waiting to see the end of war in south Sudan.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, I am with you until the end of the world.” There is nothing impossible to God. I am always optimistic, I always say yes but never no. I am not afraid of Covid-19 either. Many friends ask me to rest, I believe, if God still wants me to serve, I say like Prophet Samuel “Here I am Lord to do your will”

Bp Paride Taban

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