By Ivan Mwine
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to meet the new Archbishop of the Orthodox Church in Uganda, who was appointed by the heads of the church in Athens, Greece, following the demise of Metropolitan Yonah Lwanga.
Lwanga, who passed away on September 5th and was buried on Monday September 21, 2021, is to be replaced by Archbishop Makarios (born Andreas Tillyrides), of the Orthodox Church of Kenya.
Fr John Kibuuka, the Orthodox chairman of the board of Trustees, also the Parish Priest for Ddegeya Orthodox Church, confirmed the meeting, saying that since Archbishop Makarios is a foreign dignitary, it is imperative that he gets officially introduced to the President.
The meeting was also confirmed by the Vice President Hon. Jessica Alupo, who told the media that besides Archbishop Makarios, the meeting shall also be attended by a few senior clerics from the Orthodox church.
“The meeting is aimed giving the clergy of the Orthodox Church officially introduce their new leader to the President and to give them an opportunity of galvanizing their operations with the government,” VP Alupo said.
She added that the meeting will also give an opportunity to the Orthodox church leaders to air out their needs that government can help them undertake as a religious institution in Uganda.
Makarios is a Cypriot, (citizen of Cyprus). In 1977, after completing his university education, he was sent by the late Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus to organise and open the Orthodox Seminary in Nairobi.
He then worked with many Metropolitans in Nairobi, Kenya as a lay person.
On July 19, 1992, he was ordained as deacon in the Church of St. Nicholas and Anastasios in Riruta, Nairobi, and given the name Makarios.
On July 20, the same year Deacon Makarios was ordained in to priesthood at the Church of St Makarios, the patriarchal seminary in Nairobi.
Then on July 25, the same year and church, he was consecrated as Bishop of Riruta by the Metropolitan of Accra, Petros, assisted by the Metropolitan of Axum, Petros, and the Bishop of Uganda, Theodoros.
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