The New Visitor Centre at Namirembe Cathedral

 

Canon Benon Kityo, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, has overseen the building of this small exhibition/visitor centre and has been busy supervising this work over the last two and a half years.  At the same time, massive repairs and costly refurbishment of the cathedral’s roof have meant that the Namirembe  site has been full of contractors’ lorries, scaffolding and all the impedimenta which is inevitable when building work is in hand.  However, not only has the visitor centre been built but much attention has also been given to the graveyard, where so many European and African gospel pioneers are buried.

It is Canon Kityo’s determination to tell the history of Christian endeavour in Uganda, so much of which originated from Namirembe Hill.  Sadly neglected over recent years, the graves in the graveyard could tell their own stories of Christian courage and adventure.  Bishop Hannington, who was murdered on the orders of the Kabaka, is buried there, his body having been carried by subsequent missionaries to its present burial place. Now Canon Kityo is putting all this to right. This visitor centre will be a place to tell Uganda’s Christian story and to demonstrate that the Jesus who changed Ugandan society towards the end of the Victorian era is the same Jesus who changes lives today.  In July 2014, Canon Kityo visited many cathedrals in the UK.  From that visit, he hopes to implement some of the ideas which have made British cathedrals so popular as cultural and historical attractions.Canon Benon Kityo, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, has overseen the building of this small exhibition/visitor centre and has been busy supervising this work over the last two and a half years.  At the same time, massive repairs and costly refurbishment of the cathedral’s roof have meant that the Namirembe  site has been full of contractors’ lorries, scaffolding and all the impedimenta which is inevitable when building work is in hand.  However, not only has the visitor centre been built but much attention has also been given to the graveyard, where so many European and African gospel pioneers are buried.

UCA is very grateful to the Jerusalem Trust for a grant of £10,000 to furnish the visitor centre. The construction has been financed entirely in Uganda.

Namirembe Cathedral will celebrate its Centenary over the weekend of 15 November 2015. The Dean and his team would love to welcome visitors to join them in Kampala at that time.

                                                                                                          Revd Robert de Berry