“Come and see us, come and touch us, come and put your hands around us, and caress us.”—Bishop Macram Max Gassis
“There are many men who make the wise decision to choose God;” however, Matthew 20:16 states that there are few who are chosen. Bishop Macram Max Gassis from Sudan is among those who are powerfully touched by the hand of God. He was once described as “no ordinary prelate;” it can also be said he is no ordinary man.
Born in Khartoum (the capital city of Sudan) in 1938, Bishop Gassis grew up in a home headed by his Catholic father and Episcopalian mother. “The mixture (of religions),” he stated in an exclusive interview with the New Pittsburgh Courier, “enriched the family. My love for Scripture,” he states with pride, “comes from my mother.”
Theological studies took him to England prior to attending seminary in Italy. Among his educational accomplishments and professional appointments, he obtained a degree in canon law from the Catholic University of America, served as chairman of Caritas Sudan, chaplain at the University of Khartoum, and Bishop of El Obeid diocese, to name a few. His progression to the position of Bishop of Sudan proved to be an affirmation of his “vow of poverty, chastity and obedience” as he served in a war zone under an Islamic regime.