Ordinations of Orthodox priest and deacon held for the first time in Uganda

September – October 2014

On Sunday, September 14, the feast of the Elevation of the Precious Cross, thousands of newly-illumined and catechumens of the Orthodox Church gathered in the new Orthodox community in Kaziba village, Kirehe region of the Eastern province of Rwanda. This was a historical day, because during the Divine Liturgy the first ordinations of a priest and a deacon on the soil of Uganda were conducted.

Despite the rain after the ordinations, nobody left. The municipal authorities attended the occasion and reaffirmed that the government will cooperate with the Church in every region. His Grace Bishop Innocentios promised that the Church will help the people materially as well as by proposing ways that could raise the level of their life. In his blessing, he prayed that the power of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross guides everyone in his province.