St. Georges in Tunis is in the process of building the St. Cyprian Centre (previously known as the “Legacy Project”), a place that will provide training and formation for emerging church leaders, a focus for good interface with the local community where the church sits, reasonable hospitality and flats that will provide financial sustainability. The church has submitted architectural designs for the two proposed buildings comprising the St Cyprian Centre to the local authorities for building permission.
Who is St. Cyprian?
St Cyprian was bishop of Carthage and an important early Christian writer, many of whose Latin works are extant. He was born around the beginning of the 3rd century in North Africa, received a classical education and practiced law in Carthage. He was converted to faith in Christ about AD246. Within two years he was elected Bishop of Carthage. He proposed to deal pastorally with believers who denied their faith under persecution, holding that forgiveness and reinstatement within the church was possible for them. A decade later he was beheaded for his faith in a renewed Roman persecution. With Tertullian and Augustine especially, St Cyprian helped mediate theological reflection on the Christian faith to the church in the West. St Cyprian made a compassionate, intellectual, faithful and self-giving contribution to the development of Christianity within North Africa. The new Centre in Tunis would well be named after him!
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