Welcome to Shyira Diocese

Mission: To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, nurture believers, encourage and enable Christians to live after Jesus in obedience of the Holy Scripture.

Located in the Musanze district, the most mountainous district of Rwanda. Our Diocese's headquarters is in Ruhengeri.  We work to meet the needs of our faith communities in the Musanze, Burera, Gakenke and Nyabihu districts.


Established in 1984, the Syria diocese is:

  • 323 local congregations served through 42 parishes serving a faith community of over 75,000 people.
  • 52 primary and secondary schools subsidized by the government, but whose spiritual leadership, nurture and infrastructure development is in the hands of the diocese.
  • Over 200 pre-primary child care centers in our local congregations designed to offer pre-primary education and care where the government does not.
  • Sonrise Christian Boarding School whose mission is to provide the educational, physical, health and spiritual  needs of the children that God has placed in our care.
  • A health center
  • 694 economics savings groups created to empower people economically and foster saving
  • Mother's Union, a women's ministry that also runs economic empowerment programs designed to teach widowed and HIV+ women marketable skills