On September 4, several members of Kateri Medical Services board of directors traveled to London to honor Archbishop Josiah Fearon as he was commissioned as the new Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. In this new role, he serves as an ambassador to all of the Churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which includes 80 million people in 165 countries of the world.
Pictured above is 1) Archbishop Josiah, 2) a large group photo with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the former President of Nigeria Osulegun Obasanjo, many visiting archbishops and bishops from all over the world. 3) A smaller group photo with Archbishop Josiah, his wife Comfort and visitors from the U.S. and Canada.
During the service of commissioning, Archbishop Josiah was recognized for his role as a reconciler between different Christian groups and also between Christians and Muslims in his native Nigeria. We have been part of this mission of reconciliation through the work of Kateri Medical Clinic since our inception..
Thirteen years ago, Archbishop Josiah, Rev. Tom Furrer, John Hart and Jim Lawson shared a dream to open a medical clinic in a rural market town of Kateri. The Kaduna Diocese had been given funds to renovate a building but had no funds to pay the medical staff. Rev. Furrer, John hart and Jim Lawson agreed to try to raise the funds at their parish Trinity Church in Tariffville, Connecticut. The following spring, they held their first fund raising event, hoping to raise enough funds for one doctor and one nurse for three years. They needed to to raise $45,000 to reach the goal. In one night, they raised $ 48,000 and the clinic was up and running. It has continued ever since. The motivation for the clinic has been to demonstrate the love of God through medical care. Even though the clinic is funded and administered by Christians, we offer medical care to everyone: Christians, Muslims and adherents of African traditional religions. Our main goal is to provide simple , decent medical care to people in need. A secondary goal is to be a force for reconciliation between adherents of different faiths. We strive to present an alternative religious narrative of reconciliation (rather than the dominant narrative of violence between Christians and Muslims ) in Nigeria.