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Church of Uganda Installs First Female Provost

Dr Nyegenye was installed by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, taking on a key role as the priest in charge of the Cathedral. She will also be tasked to provide overall leadership in implementing the Mission, Vision, Objectives and all operations of the Church.
10 Jul 2019 22:46
Rev. Canon Dr. Rebecca Nyegenye with her husband Wilson Nyegenye shake hands with Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali.

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The first ever female Provost in the history of the Church of Uganda, the Very Rev. Canon Dr. Rebecca Nyegenye has been installed at All Saints Cathedral, Kampala.



Dr Nyegenye was installed by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, taking on a key role as the priest in charge of the Cathedral. She will also be tasked to provide overall leadership in implementing the Mission, Vision, Objectives and all operations of the Church.



In a fully packed mid week service, held this evening, the archbishop also installed Rev. Captain David Serunjogi, as the assistant provost of the cathedral. 



Dr Nyegenye and Rev. Captain SerunjoJi  were presented with a Bible, stole, Book of Common Prayer, Olive Oil, Bread and Wine, Canons and Administrative Policies and Keys of the Church as tools to guide their pastoral work. 



The ceremony followed the citation of the oath of allegiance to the Church of Uganda and the Cathedral in particular and the oath of canonical obedience to the Bishop of Kampala Diocese.



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In his sermon, Archbishop Ntagali cautioned the two to serve all the suffering, those in need and as well as the rich noting that God calls Church leaders to serve him in different positions, time and for a purpose.



“God has entrusted you with a great Cathedral and Parish where there are slums, posh houses and people on the  streets as well. He has called you to serve all. God has not called you to be a very successful Provost or excellent Preacher but to love his sheep,” Ntagali said.



He cautioned the new Provost and her Assistant to always work hand in hand with Christians for the good of the Church.



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In her speech, Dr Nyegenye described the event as good to make history but prayed that God sustains them in Service. 



“It is a huge responsibility but we trust God who called us. I am coming to build on the foundation laid by our predecessors,” Dr Nyegenye added. 



She also told the congregation that her service will focus on the Cathedral Mission and the completion of the new Cathedral currently under construction.



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Dr Nyegenye hails from the Eastern District of Busia, born to the late Rev. James Efumbi and Janet Efumbi. 



She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Master of Arts in Theology from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry USA, Bachelor of Divinity of Uganda Christian University and a Certificate in Theology from Bishop Usher Wilson Theological College Buwalasi.



She is married to Wilson Nyegenye, the National Equipment and Supply Chain Coordinator- National Laboratory Services in the Health Ministry. They have three children.



Dr Nyegenye was ordained in 1997 and priested in 2000 in Bukedi Diocese and first worked at St. John’s COU in Busia as Assistant Vicar and Acting Vicar between 1996 and 1998.



She was moved to Uganda Christian University as Chaplain’s Assistant in 2002 and later promoted to Assistant Chaplain in 2004 until September 3, 2012 when she was appointed the University Chaplain.          

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