Namirembe Diocese is the mother Diocese of the Anglican Church of Uganda. It covers the Political Districts of Wakiso, Kalangala & parts of Kampala City
CHURCH OF UGANDA DONATES FOOD TO COVID-19UG RELIEF
The Church of Uganda has donated 525 bags of maize flour and 500Kgs of beans to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) towards helping people who have been affected by the corona virus lock down in the country.
The food was handed over to Anti-Corona virus National Task Team today by the Archbishop, The Most Rev. Dr. Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu and the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira together with the Diocesan Mission Secretary Rev. Samuel Muwonge.
We appreciate all the Schools and individuals that have contributed towards this cause. Surely, trust Jesus, this COVID-19 will come to pass.
Glory be to God!
In Memory of Bishop Misaeri Kauma 1929 - 1997
The bishops of Namirembe Diocese reside in a truly historical house. The bishop’s house was built in 1900 by an engineer Kristen Eskilden Borup who also constructed the present-day Namirembe Cathedral, and the old Mengo Hospital. The house has the early missionary architecture with a large veranda and large lush green grounds. It is on a hill which was once known as Bukesa hill, today both hills are known as Namirembe.
The house is the official residence of the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese and was the residence of Alfred Tucker Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa from 1890 until 1899 who then became the Bishop of Uganda from in 1899 until 1911. The first bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Equatorial Africa James Hannington was murdered en route to Namirembe on the orders of King Mwanga on 29 October 1885 in Busoga, the second bishop who succeeded him Bishop Henry Perrott Parker died on route to Uganda on 26 March 1888 of malaria.
Bishop Alfred Tucker Bishop in his book “Eighteen Years in Uganda & East Africa”, Volume 1 Page 296 shows an illustration of the first bishop’s house at Namirembe. Mr. Borup in a newsletter dated November 8th, 1899 wrote that “On Namirembe I had to take in hand the finishing of a new house for the bishop and also the new C.M.S brick-built store, both in course of erection.” He hired workers and had six apprentices who helped in the building of the bishop's house and making windows shutters and doors. Both documents are accessible in Google Books.
List of bishops and the years they live in the Bishop’s house:
1. Bishop Alfred Tucker -1911
2. Bishop John Willis 1912-1934,
3. Bishop Cyril Stuart 1934-1952,
4. Bishop Leslie Brown 1953-1965,
5. Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga 1965-1975,
6. Bishop Misaeri Kauma,1976- 1994.
7. Bishop Samuel Ssekkadde 1994-2009,
8. Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira 2009 to present.
When Bishop Erica Sabiiti was elected Archbishop of Uganda in 1965 a dispute erupted between the Province of Uganda and Namirembe Diocese over the ownership of the Bishop’s House and other church properties. This was a very trying time for both the church and the state. A new house was built on an adjacent lot for the new Archbishop. The dispute ended when on January 16, 1972, a new metropolitan diocese of Kampala was carved out of Namirembe Diocese and Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga of Namirembe relinquished episcopal jurisdiction over the metropolitan area of Kampala. It was decided that this historical house should remain in Namirembe Diocese.
When Bishop Misaeri Kauma was consecrated on June 29, 1975, to be the Assistant Bishop of Namirembe Diocese. He maintained his position as the Principal of Bishop Tucker Theological College (Mukono) until the end of the year. The Kauma family moved into the Bishop’s house at Namirembe in January 1976. Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga the Bishop of Namirembe had moved into his personal house. Bishop and Mrs. Kauma moved into their retirement home on November 7, 1994, shortly before the new bishop was enthroned.
The house has undergone several renovations and additions over the years the most notable was the addition of a chapel. If the city of Kampala had a historical site preservation program this house would be listed. Let us hope that plans can be made for the preservation of this historic house for generations to come.
Prayer to heal our land
God promises to hear the cries of His people when they call on Him and deliver them.
Our Heavenly Father, right now we pray for your healing hand to be risen upon our precious nation so that you would heal those who are sick from COVID-19.
Father we know that all power belongs to you and we strongly believe u can provide a cure for coronavirus and heal our country. Father in heaven your people live in fear, panic, social distancing and isolation because of this virus.
Give us the knowledge, ability and strength to endure this very difficult time and deepen our connection with you through prayer, repentance, and fasting so that you can come to our rescue and heal our land.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
[03/23/20] ...Our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do. 1John 3:18
ARCHBISHOP'S MESSAGE TO BISHOPS, CLERGY AND ALL CHRISTIANS.
Dear Bishops, Clergy, and all Christians
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Today, His Excellency, the President of Uganda, announced the decision of the government to close down all public religious gatherings, including churches, for 32 days effective immediately. He did this as a father who advises his children on the best way we can stay safe and healthy.
This decision will have a big impact on how we live and worship as Christians for the next few weeks, and I want to provide some additional guidance to what our President has shared. While it will be very difficult for us to not gather together, we stand with His Excellency in this decision because it will help save lives. As Christians and as the church, we value life and support all efforts to promote life. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10.10)
In my Charge I encouraged the church to develop new tools for ministry and outreach, including radio, television, and social media. I never expected the need for these new tools to come so quickly. But, here we are. A great evangelist once said, “Your setback can be a setup for our comeback.”
As I shared in last week’s pastoral letter, I want to begin by reminding you of Jesus’ command to not be anxious. In Lamentations 3.21-23, the Bible says, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18.18)
People have asked me, “If we can’t meet for worship in church on Sundays and mid-week, how will we have church?” Yes, it will be hard to not meet together on Sundays, but we should be assured of Jesus’ words, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18.18)
1. I have already encouraged Home Cells in my Charge and they are the ideal place for Sunday worship to take place. Some cells may need to sub-divide so they are no more than 10 people. But, Sunday worship can take place with home cells in homes, observing, of course, the appropriate behaviours of not shaking hands or hugging and keeping at least one metre of distance between you and others. If you’re sick, please stay home.
2. I am calling on all husbands and fathers to step up and take responsibility for leading your families in daily home prayers and in Sunday worship. The Family is the smallest church, and every home needs its “Family Altar.”
3. Some churches have developed the capacity for online streaming of worship services. I call on you to expand that capacity for also broadcasting services without the presence of a congregation. Please also share with your diocese and the provincial office the times and online address for these broadcasts, so others can benefit.
4. We are asking all Bishops to develop “Radio Church,” and asking all radio stations to collaborate with the church under these extraordinary circumstances and provide airtime on Sunday mornings to broadcast local language worship services into every home.
5. We also encourage all Bishops to link with local TV stations for ways to broadcast a local language Sunday service through television. I want to emphasize how this situation reminds us of our great need for a church TV station, as I identified in my Charge, and I hope we will now understand the urgency for it.
6. I will be recording a daily devotion to be circulated on social media and I encourage you to access the devotion through the Church of Uganda’s page and Twitter accounts. Please use it with your family and home cells.
7. There is an African Proverb that says, “When an African sings, he prays twice.” In Italy, where communities have been locked down for several weeks already, residents in apartment buildings and nearby homes are singing together from their balconies and front doors. Please, take the initiative and be a blessing to your neighbours by singing songs of praise and worship together in our communities…but at a distance!
8. I also want to encourage Christians to reach out to one another in as many ways as possible – phone calls, text messages, social media – so we continue to encourage one another in our faith. This is especially important for the elderly and those who may be isolated. Please make sure they have the practical, emotional, and spiritual support of the Christian community.
9. Do not neglect to worship God through your tithes and offerings.
a. Bishops and Clergy should explain to their Christians how to use online banking, if available, to continue giving weekly tithes and offerings.
b. Alternatively, using Mobile Money may be another means.
c. It may be possible to pass by your local church during the week and give your offering privately.
d. If none of those are available, I urge every Christian to set aside their weekly tithes and offerings. When we do come back together again – and, we will! – we will have a big in-gathering as a Thanksgiving to God for his great faithfulness (Lam 3.21-23).
Warnings and Encouragement
We all know that there are some bad people in the world who will try to take advantage of this crisis. I’ve already heard about people posing as health officials selling or giving away face masks, but the face masks will sedate people who then get robbed and abused. Likewise, waragi is still not your friend. Stay away from it. Be careful.
Finally, I want us all to seize the spiritual opportunity that is being given to us through this crisis. The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7.13-14, “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
I call for this season to be a season of prayer and fasting for our people and our land. When the Lord shows you areas you need to repent personally, please do it.
When we have a State of Emergency, we also need Prayers of Emergency. So, I also call on the President to declare a weekly Day of National Prayer during this season to bring us all together in repentance and faith.
Finally, don’t forget to sing about God’s faithfulness in your homes and communities. Why? Because “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3.21-23)
Yours, in Christ,
The Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba
ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA.
Bishop Wilberforce kityo Luwalira has officially presided over the ground breaking of Maama Faith Kityo Luwalira girls dormitory at Sam Iga Secondary School Maganjo.
The Bishop has prayed for the school management committee, and everyone who is going to support the project onto completion.
The 3 stored building is expected to be completed in a period of 2 years.
YOUTH LEADERS TIPPED ON YOUTH MINISTRY
Diocesan Youth Leaders have been requested to be organized, creative, exemplary and do research for a meaning youth ministry. The remarks were made by Canon Henry Segawa the Principal Uganda Martyrs Seminary Namugongo and Head Priest of Namugongo Parish while addressing the youth leaders during their annual retreat held from Bishop Ssekadde Hall.
He said there's need to understand the interests, needs, and challenges young people go through. He also tipped them on ensuring a good working relationship with the Clergy and Lay Readers for a blessed ministry. The Principal mainly focused his teaching on the Diocesan Theme of 2020-"I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you.....(1Cor. 1:10).
He talked about the power of team work and understanding who called us to this ministry. According to some of the youth leaders attended, the retreat was so educative and they did not remain the same. To God be the glory.
YOUTH LEADERS URGED TO BE PRAYERFUL
Rev. Alex Abraham Bwambale the Provincial Youth Secretary has urged youth leaders of Namirembe Diocese to always pray for the youth ministry so that God uses them the way He desires. He said many activities are done in Church without the blessing of God since some leaders do not dedicate them to Him.
He also shared the Youth Ministry activities in line with the Provincial Strategic Plan. Many youth leaders did not know about the Provincial Strategic Plan and thus there was need to share with them the targets of the Church of Uganda towards the youth.
In a special way he apprecieated Namirembe Diocese for being exemplary and highly organised in the Youth Ministry. He revealed that the Provincial Youth Policy is under discussion and soon it will be presented to the House of Bishops for review and approval.
DIOCESAN ANNUAL YOUTH LEADERS RETREAT
Every first Saturday of the Month of March, a Diocesan Retreat for the Diocesan Youth leaders organized by the Youth Department is held with the purposes of reflecting on the Diocesan Theme of the year, learning best practices from various Parishes and creating a bond of togetherness for team work and a result oriented Youth Ministry.
Yesterday, the retreat was held from Bishop Ssekadde Hall and over 50 youth leaders turned up. The retreat was graced by the Provincial Youth Secretary Rev. Alex Abraham Bwambale who is also the Provincial Mission Coordinator, the Principal of Uganda Martyrs Seminary Namugongo Canon Henry Segawa, and the Diocesan Youth Secretary Mr. Lule Tefeero. The retreat was also attended by the Youth Coordinators of Entebbe Archdeaconry and Kazo.
The idea of the retreat for the Youth leaders started last year and it has helped the ministry to grow since it focuses and empowers youth leaders to be mentored and groomed into result oriented leaders who can address challenges undermining the ministry.
Bishop Luwalira in a group photo with members of the School Management Committee of Kirinya Church of Uganda Primary School.
Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira has today addressed pupils of Kirinya Church of Uganda Primary School.
While talking to the pupils he told them to use well the skills they are acquiring in School by being God fearing children and obeying their parents and respecting each other.
He added that parents have done their role of paying school fees, now its you to position and reposition your lives by doing the right things in the right place and at the right time.
We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mrs. Zeridah Kabali who went to be with the Lord yesterday. She has been the deputy head teacher of Kings College Buddo and a strong pillar of the Diocesan Youth Ministry under the Mission /Happening Unit.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this very difficult time. Like the apostle Paul, Mrs. Zeridah knew how to live by these words. I have fought the good fight, i have finished the race, i have kept the faith. Now there's in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, He the righteous judge, will award to me on that day.
Rest in Peace
ST. FRANCIS BASIRIIKA KYALIWAJALA PARISH INAUGURATED
Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira on Sunday 9th February Inaugurated St. Francis Basirika-Kyaliwajala in Luzira Archdeaconry to be a new parish in Namirembe Diocese.
The new parish will make a total of 62 parishes in the Diocese.
Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira yesterday had a guided tour at the construction of a new modern Church of St. James Kavumba Parish-Nateete Archdeaconry.
Christians and well wishers of Kavumaba Parish intend to construct a new modern Church with a seating capacity of 1,000 people. The modern facility will also serve as the ceremonial Church for Wakiso District area in the greater Kampala metropolitan city.
According to Dr. Isaac Ssewanyana the project is expected to cost 2 billion shillings and it will include the following facilities;
Seating capacity of 1,000 people, 2 Chapels each with seating capacity of 50 people, Vicar’s office with self contained bedroom, 8 offices to house local and parish departments, 2 conference rooms, Vicar’s residence, parking lot, gardens.
The Bishop thanked all the people who have contributed towards the construction of the new modern Church and argued them not to loose focus as they are building the house of the Lord.
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