Celebrations will take place this weekend to mark the 130th anniversary of the ordination of Madagascar's first priest; and the opening, five years earlier, of the island's theological college, St Paul's in Ambatoharanana, near Antananarivo.
The island nation of Madagascar lies in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique. According to the Anglican Alliance, "almost 80 per cent of the people live in the countryside, where poverty is increasing and living conditions have steadily declined, particularly in terms of transportation, health, education and market access."
The president of the Anglican Francophone Network, the Bishop Pierre Whalon, joined the Rector of St Paul's Theological College in asking for prayers as the college celebrates its 135th anniversary. Celebratory events will take place tomorrow (Saturday). A special thanksgiving service will be held at St Laurent de la Capitale Cathedra on Sunday.