Reverend Kagodo Installed as Bishop of Mukono Diocese

The Very Reverend Enos Kitto Kagodo has today been installed as the new Bishop of Mukono Diocese

At the episcopal ordination function presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Dr. Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, Rev. Kagodo has sworn to pay canonical obedience to the Archbishop, be bound by the constitution and the Church Canons and amendments as may be accepted by the lawful authority. 

Rev. Kagodo also accepted undertaking to offer resignation to the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda once requested to do so by a two-thirds majority of the provincial bishops. 

Before taking the oath, the Diocesan Secretary, John Ssebudde, read out a minute of the Diocesan nominations committee and then the Provincial Secretary, Rev. Canon Captain William Ongeng, read out the minute of the House of Bishops regarding the election of Reverend Kagodo. 

Reverend Kagodo was elected by House of Bishops on January 18, to serve as the fifth Bishop of Mukono Diocese replacing Bishop James William Ssebaggala. 

Archbishop Kaziimba handed over a bible to the new bishop advising him to always pay attention to reading it, exhortation and the doctrine. Dr Kaziimba handed to Bishop Kagodo a copy of the constitution and the provincial canons advising him to use them as tools to provide the rules and regulations governing the church.

Bishop Ssebaggala together with his wife Tezira Ssebaggala appreciated the Christians of Mukono for supporting them during the twelve years of episcopal ministry. Bishop Ssebaggala willingly handed over the crosier, a staff identifying him as the supreme shepherd of diocese  to the Archbishop after reading his act of abdication while holding the Bible in his right hand. 

“In accordance with the will of the Church of Uganda and with full agreement of the Synod of the Diocese of Mukono and House of Bishops, I Bishop James William Ssebaggala do now relinquish Episcopal jurisdiction of the Diocese of Mukono, praying that God’s blessing may continue upon his servant Enos Kitto Kagodo, now to be installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Mukono.” 

Immediately after, Archbishop Kaziimba handed over the crosier to Bishop Kagodo and also instructed the Archdeacons together with the Diocesan Secretary to lead him to the cathedral of St. Phillips and Andrew’s Church Mukono. 

In his maiden charge, Bishop Kagodo appreciated his predecessors for the charismatic foundation laid to ensure progress of the diocese, besides the House of Bishops that trusted him serve as Bishop of Mukono Diocese.

“I want give priority to evangelism through gospel fellowship for youths,  and all categories of people, improving the welfare of the clergy, payment of chaplains in schools, securing bursaries for the children of the clergy, constructing a new cathedral building and empowering development projects of the diocese,” he promised. 

Vice President Jessica Arupo, who represented President Yoweri Museveni, was among the many guests at the function. 

Mukono Diocese broke away from Namirembe to become an independent diocese in 1984 with Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo as its first bishop. In 1994 Bishop Nkoyoyo was elected Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and, therefore, relinquished the leadership of one diocese so as to head all the dioceses. The Reverend Paul Eria Luzinda was elected as Nkoyoyo’s replacement. He served as Bishop of Mukono until 2010 when he retired and handed over to Bishop Ssebaggala.

Bishop Ssebaggala formally abdicated today and handed over the pastoral staff to Bishop Kagodo. 

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