By Musisi Yiga John Updated at 2109 FEB 20th 2022.
The orthodox church in Uganda has got a new Archbishop to replace the late Jonah Lwanga who died in September 2021.
Archbishop Jonah Lwanga died at the age of 76 in Athens Greece and was buried at the orthodox headquarters of St. Nicholas Namungoona in Rubaga division.
The replacement came as a result of Synod that sat in the city of Alexandria Egypt under the chairmanship of Pope Theodoros II .
Synod that has been seating for the past three days chose Metropolitan Jerome Muzeeyi who has been the Arcbishiop of Mwanza in Tanzania.
The newly elected Archbishop is a Ugandan by birth and has served in different capacities including the Archbishop of Mwanza in Tanzania where he has been for over 18 years.The synod also took a decision to split the diocese of Gulu and Eastern Uganda into 2 and appointing Bishops there after .
The diocese of Eastern Uganda will be headed by Bishop Silvester Kisitu who has been the Bishop of Gulu and Eastern Uganda.The new Bishop of Gulu is Necterios Kabuye.
Metropolitan Leronymos Muzeeyi’s Biography
Information obtained from the official website of the metropolis of Mwanza indicates that Muzeeyi was born in an Orthodox family on March 18, 1962, in Bulopa which is found in the present-day Luuka district Busoga region.
He attended Kasaka Primary School, Chwa II Memorial College and Kololo Senior Secondary School. While growing up, the metropolitan is said to have been very close to Metropolitan Theodoros Nankyama the then metropolitan of Kampala and stayed at the Mission Center in Namungoona for seven years where he learned the Orthodox way of life as a teenager.
Due to his demeanour and spiritual depth, Muzeeyi was sent to study at the School of Theology of the University of Athens in Greece by Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos, who is the current Archbishop of Albania. In 1995, Muzeeyi was ordained to the diaconate by His Grace, Bishop Theodoros Kyrineos, who is the current Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa. Subsequently, he became a priest the following year.
The then newly ordained priest returned to Uganda where he served as the Vicar General of Kampala for a year and then was assigned to serve as Vicar General of the Diocese of Bukoba in Tanzania, an office he held from 1997 to 1999.
The following year, he was elevated to the office of Bishop of the same See. Through hard work and commitment, Muzeeyi grew the Orthodox Church in Tanzania by the construction of new churches, the establishment of seminaries to prepare future priests and holding regular youth and women’s seminars to enrich the faith of the new believers.
In recognition of his pastoral and missionary work, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria elevated Bishop Leronymos to the rank of Metropolitan of Mwanza on November 23, 2007.