Revd Canon Jeremy Kabuye
to EAB Press Report
Canon Jeremy Kabuye, died aged 92, on 3rd September 2011. A
funeral service was held in Matana on
5th September to give thanks for and celebrate his life of faithful and
in 1936 he was among the first group
of pastors ordained in the Anglican Church
in Burundi. His widow shared that despite the hardships he continually
praised God and lovingly encouraged
extend our sympathy to his wife Ruth and the rest of his family
Canon Yeremiya Kabuye
an appreciation by Pat Brooks
was one of the first to commit his life to the Lord – as a teenager -
when the missionaries came from
in 1935. He spent the whole
of his life serving God with joy as a church teacher and then in 1955 he
and Yoasi Karenzo were the first Barundi to be ordained in Buye
cathedral. For the first 20
years he and Rusi were posted to many remote areas, often lacking food
until they had had time to plant and harvest their crops.
They walked everywhere and worked very hard shepherding their
congregations. Yeremiya and
Rusi always worked together as a team, bringing up their 8 children.
Two other couples were their contemporaries – Yoasi and Eyodia
Karenzo with Paulo and Doroteya Rutwe and all 3 couples were posted to
many different locations.
one occasion Paulo and Doroteya had no salt.
They prayed that the Lord would send someone with a gift for
them. The Lord spoke to
Yeremiya and he walked for a whole day with
salt wrapped in a banana leaf for them!
He lived close to the Lord and was obedient to him.
and Rusi’s 8 children all passed into secondary school and most of
them finished university and some have gone on to serve the Lord in key
positions. Their parents
would undoubtedly have also gone to university had they had the chance
of a formal education.
ordination Yeremiya and Rusi were
posted to Nyabigina where they were greatly loved by the people.
They built up the congregations and encouraged the church
teachers in charge of the satellite churches.
In the 60s and early 70s Yeremiya was the Principal of the
at Buye and then in 1972 he was posted to
was enthusiastic and dedicated in his use of time and in his care of
people. After the genocide
there were many seeking his counsel and his help.
His house was always full of people, some staying for many months
as they tried to settle court cases or were looking after relatives in
the hospital. He never
turned them away. He was a
wise, discerning pastor, amongst the best at chairing a meeting when he
quickly saw through idle talk and brought people back to the main issue.
he encouraged young men to learn for the 2nd and 3rd
‘Letters’ by extension and was rewarded when they did well in the
exams. He had a vision for
the suburbs of
and established a church in Musaga using the Roman Catholic church and
then others in Ngagara and Cibitoke using schools.
All three areas now have purpose built churches.
was a candidate to be the first bishop of
, but Yohana Nkunzumwami was chosen and Yeremiya worked faithfully with
him. He combined quiet
authority with an easy approachable manner and was greatly loved by all
the congregations in
. He leaves a widow, Rusi,
and six of his children. We
praise God for every remembrance of him.