07 October 2013

Celebration as Gulu High gets a bus

Ululation, dancing and jumping filled the air as students of Gulu High School receives the long awaited School bus. The Isuzu bus arrived in the School on Friday 4th October 2013. A short prayer of dedication was done at the School led by Bishop Johnson Gakumba, assisted by the Chaplain of the School Rev. Jane Todera and the Vicar st.Philips Rev. James Okaka.
 According to the Headteacher of the School Ocan David, the bus was bought at a total cost of 340 million Uganda Shillings and that 44% of the money came from the School while 66% was bank loan to be paid within a period of three to four years.
The District Education Officer Rev. Vincent Oceng Ocen said the bus must be used for:-taking the students for study tour, sports activities, and other co-curricular activities. The DEO also said  the bus must take staff for retreat and also other people can hire inorder to offset the loan.  One of the student said " Now we can also be consider among the big schools"

02 October 2013

St.Philips Cathedral under renovation after 100 years

Bishop Johnson, Rev. James Okaka and Rev. Patrick Lumumba
Western Side of the Cathedral
One hundred years down the road St.Philips Cathedral was build by missionaries of the CMS  in partnership with the Christians. The Church remained in that state with very little renovation done. Right now the Cathedral is under renovation and the old iron sheets are being removed.
The process of removing the iron sheets going on
I spoke to the  Vicar of St.Philips Cathedral who said " Cwinya yom pi gin ma Lubanga tye ka tiyo ne ,Lubanga otiyo me aura" meaning I am happy for what God is doing. He continued to said that the Bishop has a special gift of building Churches. He then appealed to the Christians to mobilise themselves to start building a modern Cathedral, saying this one is being renovated to help for the time being. According to the Bishop of the Diocese Johnson Gakumba, the renovation is a result of support from Friends of St.Philips who are outside Uganda.  According to the foreman I found on the ground the renovation work is due to take a maximum two months. There is plan to celebrate Centenary of St.Philips Cathedral this year in December. 

Vicar St.Philips Cathedral