Τρίτη, 26 Ιουλίου 2016

Pioneers of the Orthodox Church in Uganda!

 
 
  1. Rev. Athanasios (Absolom) Kasujju,
  2. Mr. Theodoros Kato
  3. Rev. Erineos Magimbi
  4. Rev. Obadia Basajjakitalo
  5. Mr. Augustinos Ssempa
  6. His Grace Bishop Theodoros Nankyama
  7. Rev. Nicholas Selyazi
  8. Rev. Basilios Nsubuga
  9. Mr. Ssendegeya Jonathan
  10. Mr. Kalanzi Andrew
  11. Dr. Dimintrios Mumbale
  12. Mrs. Beatrice
  13. .
  14. Rev. Joachim  Foola
  15. Rev. Deacon Jonah Lwanga
  16. Rev. Makarios Kizza
  17. Rev. Antonios Gashodo
All have fallen a sleep except Bishop Yonah Lwanga and Theodoros Kato

Influential personalities of the uganda orthodox church 
 
The Late Bishop of Niloupolis Christopher 1972-1982 Ssebanja Mukasa Spartas.


Founder : Sudanees School Bombo 1924.
Anoonya Azuula Private School 1927
Orthodox Church in Uganda 1914-1920
Namungoona Orthodox Church Center 1933
“Despite all this, I found time for meditation daily. It was an attempt on my part to try to discover the true Church-Ecclesia. The Church of one flock, one shepherd, and one Lord. I had had a chance when I was working at the Library of Bishop Tucker College – under E.S.Daniel (Archdeacon) at Mukono – to read the Church History and come across a passage which says: The Church of Truth which has never deviated from Christ and his disciples is called ORTHODOX….”  Autobiography, pp 11 (1998) IRENE NABITAKA.
On the Orthodoxy of this Community, special and official pronouncements were made 06.01.1929.

Conversion : Right from 1916 (confesses in his Autobiography) I started to be very concerned as to where I was to find the True Church…” Ordination : Anticanonical 22.05.1932
By Archbishop Daniel Alexander
Canonical 1959 by Metropolitan Nicholas Valleropoulos
Bishop of Niloupolis 17.02.1972
In the Patriarchate of Alexandria
Falling asleep : 1982

The Late  Theodoros NANKYAMA Metropolitan of Kampala and All Uganda (1995- 97)
 

He was born on 03.03.1924 from Protestant family, at the village of Monde Tweyanze. His father was the late Julius SEKAYI and mother the late Julian NABBOWA. He converted to the Orthodox Faith in 1938-1944 when he studied in the Orthodox schools, at DEGEYA and NAMUNGOONA centres. 
He was sent to Egypt, by the Orthodox Community in Uganda (1945) for further training together with three colleagues: Dimitrios MUMBALE, Elias KATUMBA and George LUBUULWA. When he completed the High School in the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, then he went to Athens, Greece to study Theology (1954-1959) and serve the Church. His three colleagues studied Medicine in the University of Athens. 
NANKYAMA attempted to specialize in Sociology, in Germany and England (1959-1961). Eventually, he came back in the Patriarchate, was ordained as Deacon (21.05.1961) and priest (28.05.1961) by the then Metropolitan Nicholas Valleropoulos of East Africa. He returned to Uganda in the same year, served as priest and headteacher (Chwa II Memorial College) till his elevation to the rank of Bishop of Navcratis by the Holy Synod (22.12.1972). 
Theodoros NANKYAMA served the Uganda Orthodox Church and the Greek Patriarchate of Alexandria during the most difficult period of time.. The Holy Synod promoted Bishop Theodoros to a Metropolitan of Kampala and All Uganda in 1995 and fell asleep in the Lord on 17.01.1997.

Thelate Rev. Fr. Irineos MAGIMBI (1915-2013) (Great Steward)


He was one of the first students of the pioneers of Orthodoxy in Uganda. First grecophone and translator of many texts and homilies/speeches (of Greek Metropolitans) in main Luganda, dialect of Uganda. Fluently he spoke Greek and discussed many theological issues. He was functional, patient, and studious. He studied the philosophical issues and taught Ethics as a subject in the Central High School, Kampala (1950- 970). Many of us learned from him the Greek letters. Hsolidifiers of Orthodoxy in Uganda.

The late Doctor Demetrios MUMBALE
(1924-1990)


He belonged to the second  generation of students of the pioneers of Orthodoxy in Uganda, with the late  Bishop Theodore NANKYAMA.Instead of studying theology he was trained as best physician at the University of Athens, and on his return from Greece took enthusiastically the treatment sector in the area of Mission centered at  the Holy Cross in the Archdiocese. He created other dispensaries in different parishes. He believed that good health is integral to good and true faith. He worked with self denial all of his life in Uganda (1967-1990).

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