By Jane Elizabeth Umutangana
KISORO: The house of Bishops in the province of Church of Uganda has today elected two new bishops
The election was conducted by the House of Bishops sitting chaired by Archbishop Samuel Kazimba during in Kisoro at Muhabura View hotel in Kisoro municipality.
The new bishop are Rev Canon Godfrey Kasana as the 4th Bishop of Luweero Diocese and will be consecrated and enthroned as Bishop on 16th July 2023 at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Luweero District. Rev Canon Kasana was born on 11th January 1971 in Sekamuli, Wabinyinja, Bamunanika Sub-country, and was born again on 17th September 1996.
Rev Canon Kasana earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Uganda Christianity University in 2009 and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Development Studies from Ndejje University and was ordained a deacon in 2009 and made a Canon of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Luweero, in 2020.
He has traveled extensively, been exposed to ministry in the UK, Europe, India, and South Africa, and coordinated a number of international partnerships in Luweero Diocese. Rev Canon Kasana began his ministry as a Lay Reader. After he was ordained, he has served in a variety of different pastoral and administrative positions, including Diocesan Youth Secretary, Parish Priest, Archdeacon, and Diocesan Director of Household and Community Transformation.
Rev Canon Kasana is married to Harriet Kasana and God has blessed them with seven children.
Meanwhile the House of the Bishops at the same sitting have elected Rev Barnabas Tibaijuka Elected 1st Bishop of West Ruwenzori Diocese.
According to the Church of Uganda Provincial Secretary Rev Canon Captain William Ongeng, the new West Ruwenzor will be officially launched and the Bishop Elect will be consecrated and enthroned as the 1st Bishop on 27th August 2023 in Bundibugyo.
Rev Barnabas was born on 8th May 1975 in Butungama, Bundibugyo District and got saved on 5th April 1994 during an open air crusade led by the Bwamba Great Missioners.
Being the son of an Anglican priest, he had been leading a double life – humble, obedient, and God-fearing son at home, and a rebellious, night-club loving youth while at school.
“The preacher preached from Revelation 3:15, ‘I know your deeds…’ and I felt guilty because of my wrong deeds,” Tibeijuka said and added “So I made a personal decision to denounce evil and accepted Christ in my life. I asked God to forgive me and make he His child again.”
Rev Tibeijuka earned a Master’s degree from Mountains of the Moon University, Fort Portal, in 2016, and a Bachelor of Divinity from Uganda Christian University, Mukono, in 2011 and was ordained a Deacon in 2010 and a priest in 2011.
Rev Tibeijuka has served both as a classroom teacher and Head Teacher in a number of Primary Schools and he started church ministry as a Catechist.
After his ordination he served in the Diocese of Ruwenzori Diocesan office as the Diocesan Youth Worker, and as the Vicar of several Parishes and has also worked on translating the Bible into Lubwisi and taught at Bishop Balya College before he took early retirement from civil service and is currently a member of the Diocesan Synod and Vice Chairperson for the Diocese of Ruwenzori House of Clergy.
Rev Tibejuka is married to Alice Mbambu Tibaijuka and together they have raised two girls who are both born again and are currently University students.
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