Archbishop Elect Starts Three Day Retreat Ahead of Enthronement

The Archbishop-elect Rt. Rev. Dr. Steven Kaziimba Mugalu has embarked on a three day retreat where he will be mentored on his services as the 9th Archbishop of Church of Uganda.  

Kaziimba is scheduled to be enthroned on March 01, 2020 in a special service at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe.  

During the enthronement, the outgoing Archbishop the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali will officially hand over the Provincial Staff – a symbol of the Archbishop’s spiritual authority to Kaziimba.

The Chairperson of the enthronement organizing committee, Ruth Nankabirwa told journalists that the Archbishop-elect started his three day retreat on Thursday ahead of the D-day. She however couldn’t divulge details of the retreat.  

But Sadiiki Adams, the Communications Officer Church of Uganda told Uganda Radio Network –URN that the retreat is meant to prepare the Archbishop-elect for the new role. 

He revealed that Kaziimba chose the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, the Most Rev. Foley Beach to take him through the retreat.

Asked about the composition of the retreat and activities involved, Sadiiki said that it is strictly a two man event. He said that the retreat entails a review of the roles of an Archbishop, expected challenges and how to overcome them.

He said Foley who is the serving Archbishop of North America is expected to offer his experience to Kazimba to partly guide him on his new role.  

On preparations for the enthronement, Nankabirwa said all required the services are ready. She however noted that her committee is still receiving donations towards the enthronement activities.  

The enthronement is estimated to cost Shillings 1.16 billion. Part of the money, according to Nankabirwa, is to cater for the purchase a vehicle for the Archbishop, valued at 400 million Shillings, 280 million Shillings for the renovation of the Archbishop’s Palace in Namirembe, 18 million Shillings for the purchase of chairs for the Archbishop, Bishops and retired Bishops inside St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe and 23 million Shillings for the beautification of cathedral gardens, among other expenditures.  

She justified the need for more money saying that items like furnishing the Archbishop’s palace were not on the initial budget.     

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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