BY ROBERT ELEMA
YUMBE. Christians in Yumbe parish joined the rest of the parishes in Arua diocese in celebrating the 3rd anniversary of late bishop Frederick Drandua on Sunday.
The memories of what late bishop did to help the church, individuals, the Muslim community among others were still fresh in the minds of the Yumbe community.
Mr Paul Alule, a Christian in Yumbe said late bishop was a great man and did alot of development in the diocese.
“Late Frederick helped us spiritually, physically and developmental but unfortunately, we missed him. Bishop could have done alot in development but he was barred from from doing other developments”, he said.
Ms Jane Alejo one of the orphans late bishop brought up in their family said the late bishop has left behind a legacy in the diocese which can’t be forgotten.
“Instead of inviting the rich or big people, the Bishop lowered himself down to help the vulnerable people like the poor, lame, orphans, the sick. I was brought up by late bishop because of being an orphan and what he did to help me and my family was a great job and we pray that his soul should rest in eternal peace”, she said.
Mr William Aniku Kazimiro the Yumbe Chapel chairperson said late bishop Frederick teamed up with Late Fr Toni which resulted into the establishment of Yumbe parish.
“One good thing the two have done and has made good foundation for the people here is the dialogue they have been making in the different religious sectors in the district. The dialogue created harmonious environment for us but if they were like other people who go dividing the community, the Catholic faith in Yumbe wouldn’t be strong”, he said.
Fr Robert Ayiko the curate of Yumbe parish said late bishop was a great father and that is why people continue to remember him in his death anniversaries.
“Bishop was a sign of unity and lived to his motto “Utu Unum sint” meaning may they they be one and I ask the Christians to continue to pray for him”, he said.
Late bishop died on 1st of September 2016 and and churches in the diocese of Arua are set to celebrate his death anniversary every year at the respective churches. End
BY ROBERT ELEMA