This will be the Archbishop’s first visit to the diocese since he was consecrated Archbishop Church of Uganda in 2020.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu will on Thursday start his pastoral visit to Ruwenzori Diocese. This will be the Archbishop’s first visit to the diocese since he was consecrated Archbishop Church of Uganda in 2020.
Ruwenzori Diocese, with its headquarters at St. John's Cathedral in Fort Portal City, covers the districts of Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.
According to a program released on Wednesday by Ruwenzori Diocese Bishop, Reuben Kisembo, Archbishop Kaziimba will arrive in Kyegegwa District on Thursday. He will be received by the clergy at the border between Kyegegwa and Mubende Districts.
Kaziimba will then proceed to Kyenjojo District where he will hold prayers at Nyantungo Archdeaconry.
On Friday, Kaziimba will travel to Bundibugyo District and hold a service at Bumadu Archdeaconry, Bundibugyo town.
The Archbishop’s visit to Bundibugyo comes at a time when preparations for the proposed West Ruwenzori Diocese are in high gear.
In 2017, disgruntled Christians in Bundibugyo District requested a separate diocese from Ruwenzori and demanded the transfer of Canon Jonathan Kyangasha, who had been appointed Archdeacon of Bumadu by the Bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese.
In the same year, the Church of Uganda Synod agreed to the creation of the Diocese and asked the authorities to construct staff houses, the Bishop's house, and have qualified staff.
The new Diocese will be composed of three archdeaconries, 21 parishes, and 163 churches with a population of over 165,000 Christians. So far, the construction of the Bishop’s residence, cathedral and administrative block has been completed.
Bishop Kisembo says that during the Archbishop’s visit, he will drum up support to offset the Church House debt.
Archbishop Kazimba will conclude his pastoral visit to the Diocese with a service at St. John’s Cathedral and then proceed to East Ruwenzori Diocese, in Kamwenge District.