05 January 2022

Archbishop Janani Luwum Vocational Training Insitute end of year party.

 The staff of Archbishop Janani Luwum Vocational Training Institute had a get together party at the campus and was well attended. The staff eat together, danced and exchanged gifts. Rev. Canon Willy Akena asked the staff to respect their leaders be like servants as in Ephesians 6:5 ff  To the leaders he appealed to them to handle the staff with human heart.

Servants, be obedient to them that








are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6:6

Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

6:7

With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

6:8

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

6:9

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

Christmas 2021

 Bishop Godfrey Loum celebrated his first Christmas as a Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda at St.Philips Cathedral Gulu. He appealed to Christians to be love one another just like God loved us and sent his Son Jesus Christ. To those confirmed he urged them to be active Christians in preaching the word of God.

Bishop Loum asked Christians to understand that Christmas is not just eating, or putting on new dresses but celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.






08 December 2021

Godfrey Loum consecrated and enthroned as the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda

 

Thousands of people flocked to St. Philip's Cathedral in Gulu on 21st November 2021 for the consecration and enthronement of the Rt. Rev. Godfrey Loum as the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda.

 

Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba presided over the colourful service with many Bishops in attendance as well as political and cultural leaders.

 

Retired Archbishop Henry Orombi preached from Mark 4:35ff. "In life there will always be storms," he said. “Remember Jesus is in the boat with you."

 

Jesus speaks to the wind and calms storms because He is Creator God, Almighty God. He brings peace because he is the Prince of Peace. “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

 

Bishop Orombi charged the new Bishop to

·         Be a Messenger of God, who heals and provides

·         Be a Shepherd to all people and to bless them, not to curse them.

·         Be a peacemaker when so many families are experiencing conflicts

·         Run well with the baton you have received from Bishop Johnson Gakumba

·         Respect the elders and receive wisdom from them.

 

Retiring Bishop Johnson Gakumba thanked the many people who have supported him in his vision of lifting up the Diocese in the immediate post-war season.

 

The newly consecrated Bishop Loum recognized that the war had been over for at least ten years, but was still inside families through long-term trauma and invisible wounds that have led to increased alcoholism and addictions to try to medicate the pain. Increased crime, Gender-based violence, and land grabbing are further signs of the long-term impact of trauma. He called the dependency mindset a disabling culture that could only be defeated by a mindset change.

 

Quoting 2 Tim 4:1-2, he committed himself to "Preach the Word; to be prepared in season and out of season. To correct, rebuke, and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction." He pledged the following:

·         Help people overcome the bondage to anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness;

·         Teach lifeskills for youth to meet their own needs;

·         Promote workable strategies of crime prevention;

·         Support resettlement of prisoners;

·         Resolve underlying issues of land grabbing;

·         Mentor children and youth

·         Partner with government, especially in the Parish Development Model;

·         Promote the Biblical view of marriage as one man and one woman in faithful and monogamous relationship;

·         Equip families to build a “family altar” so the Word of God can bring hope and healing;

·         Encourage Christians to faithful stewardship to support clergy welfare and provide decent housing for them;

·         Promote ICT in Gospel proclamation and ministry.

 

Ultimately, he committed himself to remain obedient to the authority of Scripture. He assured the church and community that they will reject any misinterpretations of Scripture.

 

Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, the Speaker of Parliament, represented His Excellency, the President of Uganda, as the Chief Guest. He appealed to the Acholi to unite and to defeat the breakdown of unity and reclaim Acholi culture of mutual support among the people. He reminded them that they are their "brother's keeper," quoting from the book of Genesis.

 

The President donated a vehicle to the newly consecrated Bishop to facilitate his pastoral work. It will be delivered to Gulu in early December 2021.

Thousands of people flocked to St. Philip's Cathedral in Gulu on 21st November 2021  for the consecration and enthronement of the Rt. Rev. Godfrey Loum as the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda.

 

Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba presided over the colourful service with many Bishops in attendance as well as political and cultural leaders.

 

Retired Archbishop Henry Orombi preached from Mark 4:35ff. "In life there will always be storms," he said. “Remember Jesus is in the boat with you."

 

Jesus speaks to the wind and calms storms because He is Creator God, Almighty God. He brings peace because he is the Prince of Peace. “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

 

Bishop Orombi charged the new Bishop to

·         Be a Messenger of God, who heals and provides

·         Be a Shepherd to all people and to bless them, not to curse them.

·         Be a peacemaker when so many families are experiencing conflicts

·         Run well with the baton you have received from Bishop Johnson Gakumba

·         Respect the elders and receive wisdom from them.

 

Retiring Bishop Johnson Gakumba thanked the many people who have supported him in his vision of lifting up the Diocese in the immediate post-war season.

 

The newly consecrated Bishop Loum recognized that the war had been over for at least ten years, but was still inside families through long-term trauma and invisible wounds that have led to increased alcoholism and addictions to try to medicate the pain. Increased crime, Gender-based violence, and land grabbing are further signs of the long-term impact of trauma. He called the dependency mindset a disabling culture that could only be defeated by a mindset change.

 

Quoting 2 Tim 4:1-2, he committed himself to "Preach the Word; to be prepared in season and out of season. To correct, rebuke, and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction." He pledged the following:

·         Help people overcome the bondage to anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness;

·         Teach lifeskills for youth to meet their own needs;

·         Promote workable strategies of crime prevention;

·         Support resettlement of prisoners;

·         Resolve underlying issues of land grabbing;

·         Mentor children and youth

·         Partner with government, especially in the Parish Development Model;

·         Promote the Biblical view of marriage as one man and one woman in faithful and monogamous relationship;

·         Equip families to build a “family altar” so the Word of God can bring hope and healing;

·         Encourage Christians to faithful stewardship to support clergy welfare and provide decent housing for them;

·         Promote ICT in Gospel proclamation and ministry.

 

Ultimately, he committed himself to remain obedient to the authority of Scripture. He assured the church and community that they will reject any misinterpretations of Scripture.

 

Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, the Speaker of Parliament, represented His Excellency, the President of Uganda, as the Chief Guest. He appealed to the Acholi to unite and to defeat the breakdown of unity and reclaim Acholi culture of mutual support among the people. He reminded them that they are their "brother's keeper," quoting from the book of Genesis.

 

The President donated a vehicle to the newly consecrated Bishop to facilitate his pastoral work. It will be delivered to Gulu in early December 2021.

 











28 September 2021

 Bishop Johnson Gakumba ordained 5 deacons, 5 priests and 1 Canon in a ceremony held at St.Philips Cathedral on Sunday 26th September 2021. Those ordained Deacons included:  Aber Caroline, Akello Joan Cissy, Florence Otim, Okello Martin Janan and Oyet Peter. While the following were ordaind priests. Ocen Walter Onen, Okwerojok Charles, Olango Sunday, Okwerojok Charles, Onen Charles and Opio John Alfred. Rev. Eunice Opok was installed as the 1st Female Canon in the Diocese of Northern Uganda. Canon Eunice is currently the Vicar of St. Michael Obiya.

The Bishop Elct Rev. Godfrey Loum was the preacher, while delivering his sermon he asked the newly ordained to be men and women who have no case against them and willing to serve the lord at all times. 

The Gulu City Women Member of Parliament Hon Betty Aol Ocan said the filed is ready but the labourers are few and so appealed for more peopel to be recruited in the ordaind ministry.








31 December 2020

Happy New Year 2021

 The year 2020 has been very unigue  and we have many challenges.   You will soon get our magazine 2020 highlighting some activites carried out in the year. 


Happy New Year 2020