Kitayimbwa elevated to priesthood

By Olum Douglas

Uganda Christian University (UCU) Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Academic Affairs, Rev. Dr. John Kitayimbwa, was on Sunday December 6, ordained into priesthood.

Dr. Kitayimbwa was one of the 16 people ordained at a service held at All Saints Cathedral in Kampala. The 16 included two deacons and 14 priests. The service was presided over by the Kampala Diocese Bishop who is also the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Dr. Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu.

Speaking in an interview shortly after his ordination, Dr. Kitayimbwa said that he believes his elevation would enhance his service to the UCU community. 

“This means that I have to pray and read the word of God more than I have been doing. I will freely share the word of God even as I do my role as the DVC at UCU, “Dr. Kitayimbwa said, “I will follow Christ as I imitate him. In whichever situation, I will ask myself what would Christ have done?”

In his words to the new priests, the Archbishop urged them to remember that their answer to the calling was a life-time commitment for God’s glory and strengthening of his Kingdom. He noted that they would only be able to maintain the call by praying, believing and relying on the strength of God and his Grace.

Addressing journalists after the service, the Archbishop, who is also UCU Chancellor, said the 16 were joining the ministry at a time when Uganda is marred by political violence. Therefore, they were going to be “peace makers and reconcilers” who would bring about transformation to God’s people.

Dr. Kitayimbwa who holds a PhD in Computational Biology and a senior lecturer in mathematics. He was first ordained as deacon in 2019.

His wife, Lydia Kitayimbwa, who is also a priest at St. Luke’s Church, Ntinda, said Dr. Kitayimbwa’s ordination was a blessing and revelation that the presence of God rests in their home, which is the starting point of their ministry.

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