Welcome to our new Curate

    In June St. George’s was approached by the Diocese with an offer to become part of the diocesan clergy residency program. The program is intended to place newly ordained seminary graduates ("curates") in healthy parishes where they are supervised by the rector and learn how to be fruitful clergy. In Southern Ohio their salary and other compensation are paid by the diocese. The arrangement is akin to medical doctors who serve a residency in a hospital after graduating med school. Historically in the Church such individuals were called curates. After discernment and conversation the Rector and Vestry agreed to become a residency parish, and our new curate will start his two year residency here on July 1st. His name is Emmanuel Tuyishime. He was recently ordained a deacon, and next summer will be ordained a priest (presbyter).

    Below is a letter from Emmanuel introducing himself and his family. Please join in welcoming our new curate!

    Greetings to all at St. George’s! My name is Emmanuel Tuyishime. I was born and grew up in Rwanda, in central east Africa, in a family with three brothers and two sisters. I am married to my longtime friend Simone Ingrid Tuyishime whom I met when we were in High school. God blessed us with four children, two boys and two girls. Simone is an electronic engineer and works at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. I was born in a Christian environment where my grandparents were very involved in the life of the church in Rwanda. One of my grandfathers was an Archdeacon who was ordained in 1960. Two weeks before I was born my father was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church of Rwanda (Anglican church back then). Seven years later in 1985 he was elected as Bishop in the Church of Rwanda, one year after the church changed its name to the Episcopal Church of Rwanda.


    I attended St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, graduated in 2006 with Bachelor of Divinity. After completing my degree I went back to Rwanda where I served as Bishop’s secretary for a short time and in 2007 immigrated to the United State. Since then I have been an active member of St. Andrew’s in Dayton. One of the ministries we had at St. Andrew’s is a ministry supported by the Diocesan Fresh Expressions initiative called New Hope Christian African Fellowship. My wife and I with the help of my sister Grace founded it in 2011.


    In 2016 I graduated from United Theological Seminary with an MDiv, and then I took some additional classes at Bexley Hall and at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in California. I am very excited and thankful to God for the opportunity of journeying with brothers and sisters in God’s family at St George’s.