Recollections: The Rt Revd Yustasi (Eustace) Ruhindi

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02 November 2006

The Ven. Bill Brison writes:

I MET the Rt Revd Yustasi Ruhindi< href="/80256fa1003e05c1/httppublicpages/44fe2f75831d2f0b80257163005881bc?opendocumentobituary, gazette, 5 may) when he was a young priest studying at berkeledivinity school in the united states. i was a deacon in charge of chrischurch, bethany, connecticut, near by. we became friends. he had had to leavhis wife beatrice and his family in uganda. we remember him enjoying time witour young family.i invited him to preach on several occasions. his english was heavilaccented, but the congregation loved him, and communication problems largelceased.one whit sunday, i asked him to preside and preach, because i was going awafor a week or so. when i returned, i found the holy spirit had worked in aunusual way. when the time came for the epistle, he had, unaware of our littlwestern ways, handed the missal (in the augustinian tradition) to ten-year-old boy who was serving at the altar, and told him to read it.the boy read it flawlessly (dwellers in mesopotamia, cappadocia, phrygiapamphylia, etc.). i imagine yustasi had been through it with him before thservice. the ten-year-old became a lawyer what else?yustasi probably knew something of racist feelings that surfaced, but in hilovely, gentle way he defused them. members of the congregation contributefunds for bicycles for priests in his diocese, and the church, as such, took leading part in opening our schools to black children.yustasi invited us to uganda. in 1990, my wife peggy and i spent a wonderfufour weeks visiting his diocese. ill-health obliged us to decline a receninvitation to go back there.yustasi and beatrice came to stay with us when i was rector of all saintsnewton heath, manchester. inner-city manchester is a quite different scene frorural uganda, but in christ there is no east or west. the parish put on barbecue, and we had great fun.yustasi was a brother in christ, a good friend for 50 years. his ministrtouched many in the us and uk. we miss him and pray for him. href="">) when he was a young priest studying at berkeledivinity school in the united states. i was a deacon in charge of chrischurch, bethany, connecticut, near by. we became friends. he had had to leavhis wife beatrice and his family in uganda. we remember him enjoying time witour young family.i invited him to preach on several occasions. his english was heavilaccented, but the congregation loved him, and communication problems largelceased.one whit sunday, i asked him to preside and preach, because i was going awafor a week or so. when i returned, i found the holy spirit had worked in aunusual way. when the time came for the epistle, he had, unaware of our littlwestern ways, handed the missal (in the augustinian tradition) to ten-year-old boy who was serving at the altar, and told him to read it.the boy read it flawlessly (dwellers in mesopotamia, cappadocia, phrygiapamphylia, etc.). i imagine yustasi had been through it with him before thservice. the ten-year-old became a lawyer what else?yustasi probably knew something of racist feelings that surfaced, but in hilovely, gentle way he defused them. members of the congregation contributefunds for bicycles for priests in his diocese, and the church, as such, took leading part in opening our schools to black children.yustasi invited us to uganda. in 1990, my wife peggy and i spent a wonderfufour weeks visiting his diocese. ill-health obliged us to decline a receninvitation to go back there.yustasi and beatrice came to stay with us when i was rector of all saintsnewton heath, manchester. inner-city manchester is a quite different scene frorural uganda, but in christ there is no east or west. the parish put on barbecue, and we had great fun.yustasi was a brother in christ, a good friend for 50 years. his ministrtouched many in the us and uk. we miss him and pray for him. >

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