Today January 27, 2019 will be remembered in the history of the Orthodox Church in Uganda as the very first time His Grace Bishop Silvester Kisitu of Gulu and Eastern Uganda presided over the Holy Liturgy in Uganda as a Bishop. AXIOS!
Having arrived in Uganda from Greece on Friday 25th January, 4:00 Am at Entebbe International airport, various celebrations have been organized to mark the tremendous blessing that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ had bestowed on the Uganda Orthodox Church, the formulation of a new Orthodox Diocese of Gulu and Eastern Uganda with Bishop Silvester being the leader.
Before embarking on his official duties in North and Eastern Uganda, His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga of Kampala and All Uganda, together with the Orthodox Christians in Kampala and other neighboring Orthodox deaneries organized a welcoming ceremony which also marked the official Introduction of His Grace Bishop Silvester to the Nation through leading the Holy Liturgical mystery at St. Nicholas Cathedral Namungoona.
The ceremony was graced by Honorable Minister of Kampala Beti Kamya Turwomwe as the chief guest alongside other dignitaries that Included the Lord Mayor of Kampala City – Erias lukwago, Rubaga North Member of Parliament Hon. Kasibante Moses, Lwemiyaga Member of Parliament – Hon. Theodore Ssekikubo, Mayor of Rubaga division – OWEK. Ssebugwawo Joyce Nabosa, The Katikiro of the Fumbe Clan among others.
Metropolitan Jonah encouraged all the people present that irrespective of the many challenges faced by the Orthodox Mission in Uganda most especially the North and Eastern Uganda where Bishop Silvester is assigned responsibility, he is optimistic that the Power, Love and Grace of our Lord will guide us to Victory.
His Grace expressed his gratification for the warm welcome he received and encouraged all Orthodox Christians in Uganda to always embrace Unity as one of the strategies in which the grace our Lord will continue to manifest itself amongst all of us thereby upholding our purpose as Orthodox Christians.
The Enthronement Ceremonies of Bishop Silvester in his Diocese is slated for 17th February 2019 at St. Lavrentios Orthodox Parish in Koro Sub-County, Gulu Municipality and later on 24th February 2019 at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Parish in Jinja Town.
May the Name of our Lord continue to be glorified!