IT JUST shows what can come
from idly scanning the small ads in the columns of the Church
Times. The Revd Ann Howells, Vicar of Llandybie, in St
Davids diocese, was glancing at the column of small ads
with miscellaneous requests when she noticed a plea from the
diocese of Masindi-Kitara, in Uganda, for a set of robes for its
in- coming Bishop, the Rt Revd George Kasangi, who had no suitable
robes to wear for his consecration.
Mrs Howells had recently
been en- trusted with the robes (left) of the late Bishop
Ivor Rees, Bishop of St Davids from 1991 to 1995, who had died a
year ago. It had been his wish that his robes should be offered for
the use of a new bishop somewhere in the worldwide Church.
"Bishops' robes are expensive things to buy," Mrs Howells says,
"and they can be difficult to obtain in many parts of the world.
This was just the opportunity we were looking for."
The advertisement had been
placed by a former teacher, Penny Mann, who was a friend of Bishop
Rees; and her husband, Basil, was able to take the robes to Uganda
in time for Bishop Kasangi's consecration in St Matthew's
Meanwhile, Bishop Rees's family are delighted that his wishes
have been fulfilled, and his robes were given a new lease of life
where they were genuinely needed.