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20TH ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION

Message of his Grace Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga on the 20th anniversary of his Episcopal ordination at Kasana-Luweero:  It is my great pleasure to greet you all very warmly on this auspicious occasion when we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of my Episcopal ordination.

In the first place, I wish to thank my dear brother in the episcopate and successor, The Right Reverend Bishop Paul Ssemogerere, the Ordinary of Kasana-Luweero Diocese for the warm welcome and the good work he is doing in this diocese. In particular, I thank His Lordship for organizing and gracing this memorable occasion.

Furthermore, I greet the clergy, the religious, Catechists, lay leaders and all Gods people in this diocese of Kasana- Luweero including non-Catholics. I thank you for the good work you are doing in this diocese in the service of the Gospel. In a special way, I wish to thank those of you with whom we served in this diocese at its beginning. The work of starting a new diocese with meager human and financial resources was a difficult one. Nevertheless, with faith, hope and love, together we began the journey that has led us to this day with the Help of God. Therefore, the main reason for our celebration today is thanksgiving.

 

We give thanks to God who loved us so much and called us to this Episcopal ministry in the Church. We thank Him for the life, guidance and protection he has given us plus all that we have been able to accomplish. *1 find no better words than those of Prophet Isaiah:* “I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. 8....“he became their savior 9... in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.” (Is. 63:7-11).

 

Indeed it was the Lord that enabled us to lay the foundation of this diocese including the bishops house, the Cathedral, the minor seminary, the schools and parishes that were renovated while others built are new. We thank our partners in development both in Uganda and abroad for their invaluable support. I thank all the people of God in this diocese, clergy, religious and laity, both living and those whom the Lord called, for the cooperation and support you gave me in those hard times at the inception.

 

Since this was my first diocese, I am grateful for the fact that through what we did together, you taught me how to be a bishop. The African saying, “I am because we are, and we are because I am” rightly applies to our mutual relationship. I want to thank you all most heartily. As we celebrate this occasion, I wish to exalt you with the words of my Episcopal motto: “Ora et labora, ut habeant vitam” , “Pray and work that they may have life” (John 10:10).

 

With prayer and hard work, Kasana-Luweero will continue to fulfill her mission of catering for the spiritual and bodily life of Gods people. I further thank my successor Bishop Ssemogerere for the growth realized in this diocese through his good leadership. I further exhort all of you to continue the spirit of cooperation with your bishop in order to achieve more spiritual and social development in this beloved diocese of Kasana- Luweero.

 

I wish to thank the organizers of this function and all of you who have joined us in this thanksgiving celebration, particularly the clergy, religious and friends from my current Archdiocese of Kampala. Thank you for your loving support in my ministry. In conclusion, I wish to make my own the words used by St. Augustine on the occasion of his Episcopal ordination anniversary: “ For you I am a bishop, with you, I am a Christian. ...

Let us pray together, dearly beloved, that my tenure as bishop may be of profit both to me and to you. It will profit me, if I tell you what has to be done; and you, if you do what you hear. You see, if we all pray tirelessly, I for you and you for me, with the perfect love of charity, we shall all happily attain, with the Lords help, to eternal bliss. May he be graciously pleased to grant us this, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.” (Sermon 340).

 

+Cyprian Kizito Lwanga

ARCHBISHOP OF KAMPALA

 

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