On Sunday, October 16, we traveled to the town of Lowoi, about 50 km (31 miles) east of Torit. It used to take more than two hours to make that trip, but because of significant improvements on the Juba Road, we made it in just about an hour.
As in the case of many communities in South Sudan, the people of Lowoi suffered a great deal during the war. Most of them relocated from the village's original site at the base of the mountain to safer refuges in the hills. But now that there is peace, many have relocated to their traditional location. The parish church of St. Peter Claver remains structurally intact, but the roof beams and sheet metal were removed during the conflict and used for other purposes.
|The roofless St. Peter Claver Church in Lowoi.|
|Fr. Joseph Ochan, pastor of St. Peter Claver Parish in Lowoi,|
standing at the entrance of the church.
|The interior of St. Peter Claver Church.|
|The "ceiling" of the sanctuary of the church.|
|The remaining structure of the former priests' rectory in Lowoi.|
|George and Elizabeth of the St. Daniel Comboni Missionary Youth in Torit|
accompanied us on the visit to Lowoi to encourage the local community.