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Anglican link between Ireland and Swaziland

11 October 2013


From Linda Chambers and the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory

Sir, - We at Us. in Ireland join with the Bishop of Brechin (Letters, 27 September) in our appreciation of seeing mention of the Kingdom and diocese of Swaziland in your pages.

Like the diocese of Brechin, we have a longstanding relationship with Swaziland, in our case since the 1850s. We continue to support Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya as she shapes the future of her diocese - a task whose difficulties are multiplied by the crippling lack of resources.

The companion-link dioceses Iowa and Brechin support the programmes of the HIV/AIDS office. We have chosen to focus our energies on assisting diocesan schools and the development of an income-generating farm project at Usuthu Mission.

Bishop Wamukoya's first overseas trip was to join us in Ireland as we celebrated the change from USPG to Us. Representatives from our board look forward to attending her diocesan synod later this month.

It is heartening to see how Anglicans in Scotland and Ireland are working in concert to deepen relationships between the Churches of these islands and what the Bishop of Brechin rightly describes as a "beautiful country and its eager people".

Egan House, St Michan's Church
Church Street, Dublin 7

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