Religion

Kigezi Diocese to Mark 50 Years

Rt. Rev. George Bagamuhunda the Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi

The Diocese of Kigezi, which is the cradle of the 1930s East African Revival Movement, is set to celebrate its Golden Jubilee this weekend.

Rt. Rev. George Bagamuhunda the Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, revealed the event’s plan while addressing a press conference at his office at Rugarama hill on Wednesday.

He said the celebrations run from 17th to 20th August 2017 at the Convention Site on Rugarama Hill.

President Yoweri Museveni is expected as Guest of Honor, while the Archbishop of the Province of the Church of Uganda His Grace Stanley Ntagali will be the chief guest and preacher.

Over 500 guests from other dioceses in the country, Rwanda, Burundi, USA, and United Kingdom are also expected to Grace the occasion.

Bishop Bagamuhunda revealed that the focal point of the celebrations will be the youths.

“We want to dedicate ourselves to God, and also ensure that we continue bringing young children to the church,” he said.

The Diocese of Kigezi is one of the Anglican Dioceses in the province of the Church of Uganda that was formerly part of the Ankole- Kigezi Diocese until 1967 when it became a separate Diocese.

Three other dioceses have been curved from Kigezi diocese, namely; North Kigezi in Rukungiri district (1981), Muhabura Diocese in Kisoro in 1990 and Kinkizi Diocese in Kanungu district.

The East African Revival Movement on the other hand is an evangelical spiritual awakening movement that became synonymous with the Anglican Church of Uganda after its introduction to Kigezi in 1935 and Ankole in 1936. It had started in Gahini, Rwanda around 1931.

At the time of the revival in 1920s and 30s, there were very few Churches in Kigezi as the first church was built by a Muganda Evangelist called Zakariya Balaba at Kikungiri in 1912 while the second church was built on Rugarama hill in 1913.

On January 8, 1967 the Rt. Rev. Richard Lyth who was  then  head teacher  of Kigezi high school  was consecrated as the first Bishop of Kigezi, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire.

The first Synod sat on April 13-16, 1969 with a three-fold call to Renewal in Faith, Ministry and Unity Kigezi Diocese had 6 Deaneries that were Kabale, Muyebe, Kihanga, Nyaruhanga, Kinyasano, Nyakatare and Seseme.

Bishops of the diocese of Kigezi from 1967 to date 

Clockwise: Former bishops of Kigezi Diocese; Bishop Richard Lyth,Rt.Rev. Festo Kivengere, Rt.Rev. Dr William Rukirande, Rt.Rev. George Katwesigye

Clockwise: Former bishops of Kigezi Diocese; Bishop Richard Lyth,Rt.Rev. Festo Kivengere, Rt.Rev. Dr William Rukirande, Rt.Rev. George Katwesigye

Rt. Rev Richard Lyth (1967-1971) 

He was consecrated as the first Bishop of Kigezi, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire on 8th January 1967 which he served until 1971 and he was replaced by evangelist Festo Kivengere.

Rt.Rev. Festo Kivengere (1972-1988)

He was the second bishop of the diocese of Kigezi but the first black bishop of the diocese who served from 1972 to 1988 when he died of leukaemia. He served as the bishop of Kigezi from 1972 to 1988.

Rt.Rev. Dr William Rukirande (1988-1997)

He was the third bishop of Kigezi diocese which he served from 1988 until he retired in 1997. Currently he is a prominent farmer in Kyanamira.

Rt.Rev. George Katwesigye (1998-2013) 

He was consecrated in 1998 at St. Peters Cathedral Rugarama as the fourth bishop of the diocese of Kigezi and he retired on 19th January 2014 and was succeeded by the current Bishop George Bagamuhunda.

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