Namirembe Diocese is the mother Diocese of the Anglican Church of Uganda. It covers the Political Districts of Wakiso, Kalangala & parts of Kampala City
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Happy birthday our Lord Bishop
You are the ideal example of a humble, loving, God fearing and a loyal Shepherd. We thank you a lot for guiding us in the path of the Lord Christ and for showing us the correct way of doing things.
As you celebrate another year today, may the good Lord's grace strengthen you, protect you, give you the desires of your heart and increase your understanding. Rejoice today and be glad to all the beautiful things the Lord has done in your life.
Happy birthday Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira.
Bishop warns Uganda's on covid.
Bishop Wilberforce kityo Luwalira is worried on how Ugandans are taking covid for granted and yet the disease is real and claiming lives almost every day.
The Bishop made the remarks while addressing Christians during the ordination service held on 6th December 2020 at St. Paul's cathedral Namirembe.
Bishop Luwalira urged Ugandans to be responsible and observe the health guidelines given by the Government to control the rapid spread of the virus. Let us put on our masks, regularly wash our hands, avoid crowds and keep distance.
He felt sorry for all those who have lost their dear ones to covid. The Bishop appealed to Ugandans to continue looking onto God through prayer so that he revives the world from the pandemic.
Bishop ordains three to Priesthood
The newly ordained clergy are Rev. Edward Kamoga Mukasa from Nkumba, Rev. Julius Matovu of Jjungo Parish and Rev George. Nkoonge of. Masuliita Parish.
Namirembe officially gets new Deacons
Bishop Wilberforce kityo Luwalira officially ordered five Deacons at St. Paul's cathedral Namirembe on 6th December 2020 in a highly organized service which demonstrated the uniqueness of Church doctrines and values.
The ordered Deacons had a week retreat led by Ven Canon Isaac Membe Kijjambu the outgoing Archdeacon of Luzira at Uganda Martyrs Seminary Namugongo to prepare them for the ministry.
The ordered Deacons are Ord Abraham Kato,
Ord. John Nkuubi, Ord Samuel Ssekubuuga. Ord Gerald Senabulya and Ord Maxwell. Ssebugwawo.
St. Paul's cathedral Namirembe canons officially installed.
Bishop Wilberforce kityo Luwalira presided over the official installation of the new st. Paul's cathedral Namirembe canons in a colourful service held yesterday at the cathedral. The service which was attended by a limited number of people strictly observed the health guidelines of preventing the spread of covid.
Canon " kavov" is a Greek word meaning a straight measuring rod eg a ruler you use to draw a straight line. In the past Canons formed the Cathedral Chapter. They resided at the Cathedral and had booths in the Cathedral chancel. The Namirembe Cathedral Constitution stipulates that Canons shall not exceed 10 and their work is to assist the Bishop in guiding the Church in matters of Faith, Order & Doctrine.
The Bishop uses his discretion to declare one as a Canon. However he has to be a well versed clergy in matters of Faith Order & Discipline. A man/woman of integrity.
It should be noted that the Bishop named the new Canons in the last Diocesan Synod which sat in October this year from Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga Hall. The installed Canons are Ven Canon John Gitta Kavuma the Archdeacon of Mengo, Ven Canon Isaac Membe Kijjambu the archdeacon of Luzira, Ven Canon Godfrey Buwembo the Archdeacon of Nateete and Rev Canon Wasswa Sentamu.
Bishop Luwalira prayed and blessed the canons for God's guidance in their new responsibility.
Archbishop's Leadership Summit 2020.
BISHOP CONDEMNS SECURITY BRUTALITY ON UGANDANS
Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira has strongly condemned the extreme force and brutal methods used by the security forces on Ugandans. The Bishop sympathized with Ugandans who have been injured, lost their dear ones and property during the country wide riots caused as a result of the arrest of Presidential Candidate and Leader of National Unity Platform Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine.
It should be noted that since the arrest of NUP President, Ugandans especially the youth have demonstrated demanding for the immediate release of their Candidate. This has resulted into destruction of property, shooting, throwing of stones etc.
He urged the electoral commission if possible to cancel the elections until all parties involved sit to harmonise the situation. He doubted the credibility of the elections to be held if the situation remains the way it is. The Bishop added his voice to that of the many Ugandans and demanded for the release of Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu.
On the other hand, the Bishop urged Ugandans to embrace peaceful avenues and not engage into battles with security forces. He said those who love peace, are the first to follow it. He called on the electoral commission, leaders in Government, those on opposition and security forces to ensure peace in whatever they do.
The Bishop also warned Ugandans on the dangers of covid-19. He said many Ugandans are not taking covid serious and yet its claiming lives. I advise you to follow the guidelines by the Ministry of Health. Lets avoid gatherings, put on our masks, wash our hands on a regular basis etc. He added that when we tell people during weddings, funerals and church services to be keen and take good care of their health due to covid, some laugh at us. The disease is real.
BIG CHANGES AT NAMIREMBE: NEW CLERGY APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSFERS MADE.
Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira made big changes including new appointments and transfers among the Clergy on 27th Oct 2020 during the Diocesan Synod sitting.
It should be noted that the Diocesan Secretary Rev. Canon Nelson Kaweesa is to retire at the end of this year just like the Dean of St. Paul Cathedral Namirembe.
The Bishop therefore appointed Rev. Canon Henry Segawa as the new Diocesan Secretary and Ven. Canon Jonathan Kisawuzi Salongo as the new Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe. The appointed will officially start their new responsibilities in January next year.
In other high profile transfers, Ven. Isaac Membe Kijjambu who also remained the Diocesan Treasurer was transfered to Mengo Archdeaconry replacing Ven. John Gitta Kavuma who was transfered to head Entebbe Archdeaconry.
Rev. Canon Moses Banja who also heads the Diocesan Human Resource Department was named new Archdeacon of Luzira. The other Archdeacons include Ven. Godfrey BK Buwembo of Nateete, Ven. Emmanuel Sewanyana of Kazo and the newly installed Ven. Herbert Kabanda Paul of Gayaza.
The Bishop informed the Synod that other clergy transfers will be communicated later.
A group photo of the Bishop and some members of the Diocesan Synod on 27th October 2020 at Namirembe.
DIOCESAN THEME 2021 CONFIRMED.
ISAIAH 48:17 Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy one of Israel: "l am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.
Bw'atyo bw'ayogera Mukama, Omununuziwo, Omutukuvu wa Isiraeri, nti nze Mukama Katonda wo, akuyigiriza okugasa, akukulembera mu kkubo ly'oba oyitamu.
BISHOP NAMES NEW ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL NAMIREMBE CANON'S
Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira named new Canon's of St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe during the Diocesan Synod which sat on Tuesday 27th October 2020 from Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga Hall.
The new Canons are Ven Canon Godfrey B K Buwembo, Ven Canon Isaac Membe Kijjambu, Ven Canon John Gitta Kavuma, and Rev. Canon Michael Wasswa Sentamu.
These join Canon Jonathan Kisawuzi, Canon Moses Banja and Canon Segawa who was appointed the new Diocesan Secretary replacing Rev. Canon Nelson Kaweesa.
NAMIREMBE RETIRES SIX CLERGY.
According to the constitution of the Church of Uganda, when a clergy reaches sixty five (65) years, he/or she is required to retire from active ministry. This year six senior clergy are set to retire at the end of this year after serving God in realising the mandate of reaching to all nations in the world preaching the salvation gospel.
The Diocesan Synod which sat on 27th October 2020 from Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga Hall presided over by the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira- Bishop of Namirembe bid fare well to six clergy who have offered outstanding service to God. The synod appreciated their work and gave each a certificate of appreciation and in the same way recognising their contribution towards the development of God's Church.
The clergy included, Rev. Canon Benon Kityo- Dean St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe, Rev. Canon Nelson Kaweesa- Diocesan Secretary, Rev. David Kibirango Kiwummulo- Parish Priest of St. Francis Basirikka Kyaliwanjala, Rev. Erisa Luninze Mayanja- Parish Priest of Kasubi, Rev. Valentino Okello from Luzira Archdeaconry and Rev. Paul Muwanguzi Sentamu.
To God be the glory for the great things He has used them to do in His Church. Wish you a fruitful retirement.
BRIGADE MEMBERS URGED NEVER TO ABUSE UNIFORM
Col. Naboth Mwesigwa told the Brigade members that their uniform is their identity and it separates them from the rest. He said Uniform is for uniformity, team work, respect, love and service. The Col. made the remarks when handing over 13 new uniforms to Brigade members during the Founders celebration.
No member should hide in the Brigade uniform to misbehave. The uniform explains who we are hence we should do our best to respect it and use it responsibly.
BOYS' AND GIRLS' BRIGADE FOUNDERS' DAY CELEBRATION
Yesterday 140 members of Brigade in Namirembe Diocese marked their Founders day in a colourful service held at Namirembe- Dunstan Nsubuga Hall. Brigade was founded on 4th October 1883 by Sir. William Alexander Smith at the age of 27.
The service was embraced by the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, Bishop of Namirembe and also Patron of Brigade. In his remarks the Bishop reminded the youth of the dangers of covid-19 Pandemic and advised them to follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
He added that the Founders day reminds us to reflect on the objective and values of Brigade. Brigade is guided by the objective: Advancement of Christ Kingdom among the boys and girls, the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self respect, self control and all that tends towards a true Christian character.
The Bishop urged the youth to put God first in everything they do. He appreciated Brigade for its visibility in promoting discipline among the youth through Bible study and drill.
DIOCESAN YOUTH SUNDAY MESSAGE
Every last Sunday of the month of October is Diocesan Youth Sunday. The youth week started on 19th and it will end on 25th Oct 2020.
As part of our renewed efforts in securing the future of our Children in homes and communities, we have come up with a Guide on Positive Parenting. This is in addition to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development's National Parenting Guidelines.
This is in line with the Provincial Assembly Standing Committee sitting in December 2019 at the Provincial Secretariat that resolved that 2020 continues to be the Year for Children, with Church of Uganda focusing on addressing issues that affect the welfare of Children in the Country.
This Parenting Guide was launched on Wednesday 7th October 2020 by the Minister of State for Youth and Children Hon Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and the Archbishop of Church of Uganda The Most Rev Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu from the Archbishop's Palace Gardens in Namirembe.
Our Theme ‘Take Care of this Child’ Exodus 2:9 continues to guide us.
It's intended to bring out the plight of our Children so that they can grow up knowing that they are cherished and loved by the Heavenly Father and the Church that serves him.
Our focus this Year is on ‘Positive Parenting’ to strengthen the Family and encourage Children’s Work and Ministry especially with the coming of the COVID -19 pandemic which created unavoidable situation that has affected the whole world leading the closure of Schools and Churches in the Country to-date.
Children in Uganda remain at risk in this period of COVID 19.
Children are affected by the conflicts in homes especially now due to limited food and other supplies.
Most adults are not earning to sustain their homes. Recent Uganda Police and various Media reports have confirmed serious abuse, neglect, violence and much more on Children / Youth and Women. Our Children and Youth need our prayers and action for protection and provision.
These guidelines have been developed with support from our Partners, Ministry Organs as Mothers’ Union, Fathers’ Union and Christian Women’s Fellowships, Parents/Guardians/Care-Givers, Communities and all Stakeholders.
The Coordnator of Children's Ministry in Church of Uganda Rev. Richard Rukundo remains upbeat that this Positive Parenting Guide will bring positive transformation in families and subsequently morally upright and God glorifying Children.
CHRISTIANS DONATE MOTORCYCLES TO LAY READERS.
In an effort to ease the movement of clergy in the hard to reach Parishes of Namayumba, Kikandwa and Kavumba in Nateete Archdeaconry, Christians have donated 3 brand new motorcycles worth Ug shs12m to each Parish.
While handing over the motorcycles to the Lay Readers, Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira thanked the Christians for the grace of giving so as to enable mission work. He urged the Lay readers to take good care of them and also use them to reach out to as many Christians as possible with the word of God.
Ven. Godfrey Buwembo the Archdeacon of Nateete thanked the Bishop for praying and blessing the motorcycles for good use. The colourful ceremony was also graced by the Minister of Lands. Hon. Olive Namisango Betty Kamya who is a prominent Christian of Nateete and CEO of Buganda Land Board, Mr. Simon Kabogoza.
Rev. Canon Nelson Kaweesa in a group photo after the installation of Ven. Hebert Kabanda Nyanzi.
On Sunday Ven. Hebert Paul Kabnda Nyanzi was installed as the 8th Archdeacon of Gayaza Archdeaconry at St. Andrews Church of Uganda Gayaza.The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Canon Nelson Kaweesa the Diocesan secretary who represented Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira.
While delivering his sermon, he urged the new Archdeacon to be a good curstodian of Church land and to unite all christians.
Ven. Kabanda pledged to work with all christians and other religous institutions to promote ecumenism.
So be careful how you live. Do not live like ignorant people, but like wise people. Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days.
Archbishop’s Statement on Re-Opening of Churches
Dear Bishops, Clergy, and Christians,
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Last night, His Excellency, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, announced a limited re-opening of schools and churches. In this pastoral letter, I would like to give more guidance to our congregations.
First, we extend our sincerest thanks to the President, the Ministry of Health, and the National Covid Task Force for their unwavering commitment to keeping Ugandans as safe as possible during this Covid pandemic. As the Church of Uganda, we continue to pledge our support to the cause of keeping all Ugandans healthy.
Secondly, we express our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those who have died from it. We are also concerned about the unfairness and fighting during the primary elections and call on all those contending for political office to set an example of peaceful campaigning that represents our aspiration for peaceful governance.
I want to thank the First Lady and Minister of Education, Hon. Mama Janet Museveni, and her entire team at the Ministry of Education for working tirelessly to keep children learning even when schools were closed for classes. It’s not been easy for children to be away from school for so long. We also offer our deep condolence to the wider Makerere University on the destruction of the historic Main Administration Building from Saturday night’s fire. We hope there will be a thorough investigation to determine the cause.
As schools re-open for candidate classes and finalists, I urge all Church of Uganda-founded schools to work closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure the safe return of our children to school. The Provincial Directorate for Education is also available for support. We thank the National Council for Higher Education for approving UCU to begin offering online classes in a few weeks. This is a breakthrough in Business Unusual; UCU’s leadership and administration is also to be commended for the many hours of work and preparation to reach this milestone.
At long last, churches will also re-open for public worship… sort of. We are, of course, longing for the day when we can all gather together in the same place at the same time. But, we’re very, very grateful for this beginning of allowing 70 people at a time to gather together in a socially distanced way to offer prayers and worship to the Lord.
Many are asking, “How is this going to work?” Let me offer three practical steps:
In the early church, the Book of Acts summarizes how the Apostles, who were the first church leaders, conducted their ministry. It says, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” (Acts 5.42) It is clear that the pattern for worship in the early church was large group public worship in the temple courts, and, at the same time, worship at home.
In the Church of Uganda, we’ve been very good at congregational worship, but not as good at worship at home. So, the Lord sent us on lockdown for six months to strengthen our worship at home. Now, slowly by slowly, corporate worship is being re-introduced. But, Worship at Home should also continue. The early church did both, and so should we!
1. Every Bishop and Diocesan Office has received a copy of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda’s guidelines for resuming public worship, along with a training format to use in training all church leaders. Make sure your local church’s leadership has been trained in implementing all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for churches. This includes how to support children and children’s ministry.
For larger congregations, however, it will be impossible for the entire congregation to be able to gather in different groups of 70 people for a corporate worship service. My own Cathedral, for example, averages 4,000 people on a Sunday spread across three different services. To cater for all 4000 people in groups of 70, we would need to schedule 57 different worship services, which is simply not practical.
a) We appeal to the government to reconsider the guidelines and offer maximum seating based on the number of square metres in the worship space rather than a fixed number of people, regardless of the size of the room.
b) We also appeal to the government to allow outdoor gatherings for worship with all appropriate SOPs in place.
2. We also urge the continuation of all media-based worship services, whether by radio, TV, Facebook, YouTube, or video conferencing, and for families to utilize them in their household routine of Worship at Home.
a) Once again, we extend our deepest appreciation to the media houses for their support in broadcasting worship services into almost every home in the country. We appeal now for your continued weekly support because we still need you.
b) Worship from Home is part of our “new normal.” If you’re concerned about gathering with others for public worship, please avail yourself of worship opportunities at home through media-based worship services. If your local congregation is so big that not everyone can gather in groups of 70 on a Sunday, then take advantage of the many media-based worship services available.
c) Please also be aware that there are a number of children’s worship services being offered through different media, so make sure your children have the opportunity to engage with media-based children’s worship.
d) For those who are able to gather at churches for public worship, please continue to also Worship from Home… because the Bible urges us to do both. It says, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” (Acts 5.42)
Finally, early on in the lockdown, I promised that when churches re-opened for public worship that we would have a general Thanksgiving to the Lord for keeping us and bringing us this far. I, therefore, invite every congregation in the Church of Uganda to observe a Thanksgiving on Sunday, 4th October. If you have been setting aside your offering and keeping it until this day of Thanksgiving, it is now here.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95)
Yours, in Christ,
The Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba
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