A New Chapter in West Buganda Diocese

News from West Buganda Diocese

From information provided by the Diocesan Bishop

Following the death in post of Bishop Godfrey Makumbi, Bishop Henry Katumba-Tamale was consecrated as the new Diocesan bishop in August 2016. He is the 6th bishop since the Diocese was carved out of part of Namirembe Diocese in 1960. The Diocese now has 111 parishes, 485 daughter churches, over 200 Primary Schools and 28 Post-Primary institutions.

The Diocese has launched a Decade of Mission and Evangelism. Night prayers have also been launched and these are particularly attracting youth. Across Uganda domestic violence appears to be on the increase and the Mothers’ Union is particularly concerned to address this challenge, which has also been pinpointed by the Government and the Church of Uganda as a whole. 3 particular needs are highlighted:

  • There is a great need for the training of clergy. Of the Diocese’s 130 clergy, only 30% have degrees or diplomas and about half will retire within the next 10 years.
  • The Diocese is constructing a four-storey building in Masaka: current efforts are directed to the completion of the basement and ground floor.
  • As in many parts of Uganda, there has been significant drought. There is to be a special focus on water harvesting and also – for the longer term effect – tree planting.

Rt Revd Henry Katumba-Tamale is Bishop of West Buganda Diocese