The Brief History
Despite the fact that the Gospel reached Dinka Bor’s land in 1905 through missionaries with
their station in Malek, Christianity was not given enough opportunity to operate in the area till
late 60s. However, in 1970s and 80s, the gospel fully reached the people of Wernyol. Later in 1981, Wernyol was established as a court Centre till 1983 when it was promoted to Parish.
Following rapid growth of Christianity in the area; these subsequent sub parishes were opened:
Naidiit, Khiir, Ameer, Mabior.
Due to upsurge in number of Churches and congregations in the zone, Wernyol was promoted as
Deanery in 1990. However, the instability in the Country in 1991 disrupted the promotion of
Wernyol as Archdeaconry in early 1990s till 30 th of May, 1999 with Ven. Joseph Mabior Garang
as the Archdeacon.
In August 18 th 2016, Wernyol was promoted as an Area Diocese with Rev. Gabriel Kuol Garang
as the Bishop-elect. Four months later, Rev. Gabriel Kuol was consecrated as a Sufragan Bishop
of Wernyol Area Diocese in Bor on 18 th December 2016. On 13 th of January 2018, Wernyol was
inaugurated as a full diocese with Rt. Rev. Gabriel Kuol Garang Atem as the first Diocesan
Bishop of Wernyol. The enthronement was done on 14 th of January 2018 at St. Joseph Cathedral
in Wernyol; a function which was attended by 8,914 people.
Introduction and Geographical location
The Diocese of Wernyol (DOW) is one of the Episcopal/Anglican Dioceses in South Sudan.
DOW is situated in Twic North County of Jonglei State in South Sudan. The Diocese is bordering Duk County in the North, Pibor or Boma state in the East behind Jonglei canal, Kongor County in the South, and Eastern Lake State in the West behind River Nile. The Diocese’s headquarters is in Wernyol with St. Joseph as her Cathedral.