The Diocese of Renk is located in the newly formed Republic of South Sudan, along the border between north and south.
The Diocese of Chicago established a companion relationship with the Diocese of Renk in 2001, four years before the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that would eventually end a 20-year civil war. In 2011, the Republic of South Sudan was born, and the Episcopal Church of Sudan has been integrally involved in building this new nation.
The Rt. Rev. Joseph Garang Atem is the second Bishop of the Diocese of Renk, which has over 20,000 members in 12 congregations and was established in 1995. With help from partner parishes in the Dioceses of Chicago and Virginia, the church has built schools and health clinics, and established micro business enterprises. Situated along the border, the Diocese of Renk has received thousands of refugees who have been repatriated to the south, and humanitarian needs there are great.
Christ Church has a companion relationship with St. Michael in the rural village of Paloich, where Fr. Daniel has a growing congregation of over 400 parishioners.
Several small groups from the Diocese of Chicago have visited Renk over the years of our companionship with them, and Bishop Joseph has visited Christ Church. His last visit was in November of 2012.