The Episcopal Church of South Sudan has entered seven days of mourning following the death of Archbishop Peter Munde Yacob. Archbishop Peter led the internal province of Western Equatoria and was the acting Primate of the ECSS following the retirement of Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul until the installation earlier this year of new the new Primate, Archbishop Justin Badi Arama. Archbishop Peter died at the weekend at the Coptic Hospital in Nairobi. He had fallen ill over the summer.
Last month the Bishop of Yirol, Simon Adut Yuang, was one of 20 people killed when a plane travelling from the South Sudanese capital Juba crashed into a lake as it attempted to land at Yirol Airport. Days earlier, the Church’s national Youth Coordinator, Joseph Kiri, was killed by gunman as he drove to Yei on a humanitarian mission for the NGO Across.
“Mama Joyce and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Archbishop Peter Munde”, Archbishop Justin Badi Arama said. “Our prayers are with Archbishop Peter’s family and friends at this time and with the congregations of the Internal Province of Western Equatoria.”
In addition to his role as Archbishop of Western Equatoria, which he had held since December 2016, he was also the Bishop of Yambio and the Provincial Dean.
Announcing the death, Archbishop Justin quoted Romans 14:8 – “If we live we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
Speaking on Radio Miraya, Pastor Elinama Jacob Bisi from the regional interfaith council said that Archbishop Peter’s legacy would be peace. “I am sure the whole Western Equatorial State is weeping. . . We are weeping, we are mourning in our hearts, because he helped us very much in all the process of peace that we have achieved today”, he said.
“Peace is the legacy he has left behind”, he added. “In all his talks, in all his speeches to the public, to the people, he was stressing much on peace – let us bring peace to our hearts, to our lives, to our country. He was a man of peace
Archbishop Peter leaves a wife, Margaret, and their children.