Emmanuel has led the life of a pilgrim. His parents were born in Rwanda, and raised their family in Uganda. After his studies in Uganda he studied in Europe, eventually coming to the United States to teach at a Methodist Divinity School. He has not only served Catholic communities both in Africa and the United States, but has also served and worked with Evangelicals, Methodists, Presbyterians, Mennonites, and Baptists. Through all these intersections and connections, Fr. Emmanuel came to a deep sense of life as a journey and to deepen his appreciation of the Church is a pilgrim people, journeying towards the promise land of God’s new creation.
Even though Emmanuel travels around the world, and now lives in teh united States, Africa remains, in his words, “my home.” He not only travels to Africa quite often, through various initiatives and programsd, but also seeks to make a positive impact for Africa’s future.
Find below links to the various initiatives and programs through which Emmanuel is involved, and invites you to join him.
- The Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope – An annual two-week pilgrimage to Uganda and/or Rwanda that focuses on exploring the pain of the region’s past and the hope of it’s future.
- Africa Great Lakes Initiative – A community of restless Christian leaders seeking to embody God’s vision of “Shalom” in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa.
- Share the Blessings – A program that provides clean water to rural villages in Uganda and educational support to orphaned and needy children.
- Bethany House – The home base of Emmanuel’s leadership in East Africa, Bethany House doubles as a guest house and retreat center for Christian leaders and practitioners.
- The Bethany Land Institute – A land based education initiative that involves reforestation, an organic farm, and a rest-stop – as a practical demonstration of the gifts of New Creation in Africa