Jinja: The hallowed halls of Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe in Bugembe, Jinja city, bore witness to a momentous occasion as the Bishop of Busoga Diocese, Rev. Paul Naimanhe Mukembo, presided over the installation of five esteemed Canons. This spiritually significant event saw five clergy members ascend to the Canonate, a distinction marking their exceptional dedication to the ministry.
The newly anointed Canons, Rev. James Kivunike, Rev. Tonny Musota, Rev. Charles Talibuza, Rev. Denis Wasswa Maliro, and Rev. Temisewo Wata, embody the soul of dedication, hailing from distinct positions within the church’s expansive spiritual landscape. Their previous roles include serving as Archdeacons of Muterere Archdeaconry in Bugiri district, guardians of faith in Lwangoshia, Buwunga, Namyemba, and the faithful of Bugayi parish.
Bishop Mukembo, an esteemed spiritual leader himself, delivered a poignant charge during the installation. He called upon the new Canons to ardently fulfill their responsibilities in the ministry of spreading the Word of God. The seasoned bishop’s words resonated deeply, as he urged the dedicated clergy members to serve with divine grace and to embrace their roles as bearers of the Gospel in their respective archdeaconries.
Rev. James Kivunike, one of the newly installed Canons, celebrated the occasion by inviting fellow Christians to rediscover their identities in God, rather than earthly privileges. His impassioned message underscored the importance of heeding the divine call, urging the faithful to remain steadfast and avoid making excuses that hinder their response to God’s summons.
He passionately shared his own journey, recounting, “My calling to serve in the church was a revelation that dawned in 1980. I embarked on my spiritual journey at St. James Church in Jinja. My unwavering commitment to church youth activities eventually paved the way for my recognition by church leaders, who appointed me to be a faithful servant of God.”
Canon Kivunike reflected on the depth and breadth of his service, highlighting his ordination as a deacon and priest in 1998. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in theology, he embarked on an expansive ministerial odyssey that included roles such as a school chaplain, an education coordinator, a devotion leader, and a vicar of two parishes. This remarkable journey culminated in his current position as an archdeacon in Muterere Archdeaconry.
This installation of Canons stands as a testament to the enduring strength of Busoga Diocese, signifying the growth and unshakable commitment of its spiritual leaders. The new Canons pledge to continue their unwavering service, holding high the torch of faith and dedicating themselves to the spiritual well-being of the faithful in their care.