Two and a half years have passed since, by the grace and mercy of God and the collaboration of the Venerable Principal and Spiritual Patriarchal Father, His Holiness Theodore II, I was placed by His Holiness in the vacant Bishopric of Madagascar, formerly the seat of His Grace Kyros Nektarios the first Bishop of Madagascar. Of course, my dreams and my plans were different, but as the aphorism goes: 'Man proposes but God disposes'. I am not looking to find an answer, but with the blessing of the Church, I take up the plough and look ahead with a view to cultivating as much as possible of our Lord’s uncultivated field in accordance with evangelical exhortation. The task is difficult, but the work is enjoyable. This is typified by many examples in the life of Christ the Sower himself, and in the life of His disciples as well.