The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: West Buganda Diocese Ordains Six

It was a special Sunday on December 9 at St Paul's Cathedral Kako, as the Bishop of West Buganda diocese, Godfrey Makumbi, ordained deacons and priests, and installed canons.

The function that started at 10am saw the church filled with family members of the six ordained men of God (Rev Fred Matovu, Rev Dickson Kimbujje, Rev Enock Musasizi, Rev Amos Friday, Rev Canon Herbert Tumwine and Rev Canon Stanley Ndaula).

The bishop also used the day to award certificates to priests who excelled in smartness, hard work, entrepreneurship, development; and one for the clergy who has loved his wife more - Rev Canon Cranmer Ssempebwa. Rev Canon Fred Kayondo was recognized for being the happiest man.

"God's [vineyard] is still big and needs more workers to serve in it; so, don't sit back and think that this is all; we need more," said Ssempeebwa.

"If you get a calling from God, respect it and ignore those who think serving God is for the poor. Your desires will be answered because the church has a lot of money, contrary to what people perceive it to be."

He warned them about the decaying societies where they are going to serve, filled with bad acts such as rape, corruption, drugs, false prophets, child sacrifice and womanising.

"It is a special day in our diocese as we have had our first deacon with a master's degree," said Ssempeebwa, referring to Rev Fred Matovu, who was a cashier with Masaka district. Matovu later celebrated at his father's home at Kamwozi, Masaka.

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