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Compass Rose Society members visit Tanzania

Posted on: August 10, 2023 11:42 AM
Bishop Anthony Poggo, Canon Sammi and Canon Bethuel join members of the Compass Rose Society
Photo Credit: ACNS

Members of the Compass Rose Society are taking part in a visit to Tanzania at the invitation of the Anglican Communion Secretary General, Bishop Anthony Poggo, and the Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Archbishop Maimbo Mndolwa. . The delegation are learning about the Church’s mission and ministry in their part of East Africa.   

“The Compass Rose Society do so much to support the work of the Anglican Communion around the world”, Bishop Anthony Poggo said. “In addition to financial support, they help to build relationships and seek to understand the many different cultures within the Communion.

So far, they have visited St John’s university of Tanzania, the only Anglican University in the country, serving 4,000 students. It provides degree-level education in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, nursing, natural and applied sciences, commerce and business and humanities to people of all faiths and none.

They attended a service at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Dodoma, the Diocese of Central Tanganyika and visited Buigiri School for the Blind. The school opened in 1950 and was the country’s first school for the blind. The group was welcomed with singing from the children who performed popular praise and worship songs, including “Baraka za Mungu” (the blessing of the Lord).  

The Bishop of Central Tanganyika, Dickson Chilongani, thanked the group for coming and said: “we in Dodoma feel very blessed. Our prayers for the rest of your trip.” 

The Compass Rose Society is an international philanthropic group of people who provide financial support to the Anglican Communion. This visit to Tanzania marks a return to their annual Communion visits, which had to cease as a result of the Covid pandemic.