Diocese of Kigezi to celebrate Bishop Kivengere
The Diocese of Kigezi, in partnership with African Evangelistic Enterprise, has launched Bishop Festo Kivengere Missionary Week in honor of the Most Reverend Dr. Festo Kivengere, the second Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi.
The event is part of celebrations marking 50 years of the African gospel enterprise and is held under the theme “Stand True, Persevere” from Philippians 3:14.
Bishop Festo Kivengere’s missionary week will include a few activities including; radio programs, outreach ministry in schools, individual ministry, street evangelism or mobile gatherings, film ministry, deanery missions, overnight stays, discipleship day, crusade, and youth and student leaders’ symposium
Reverend Daniel Byamukam, Kigezi Diocesan Mission Coordinator, said at 9 a.m. Saturday morning that there will be a gathering of student leaders and Archdeacon Youth at Kabale National Teachers College where the guest of The honor is expected to be the former Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr David Ruhakana Rugunda and the keynote speaker will be the Chairman of the African Evangelical Enterprise International Board of Trustees and the former Vice Chancellor of the University Christian from Uganda, Reverend Canon Prof Dr John Ssenyonyi and other guests.
Later on Sunday, the main celebration will take place at St. Peter’s Cathedral and will be led by the Diocesan Bishop, Reverend Gaddie Akanjuna.
Rt. Rev. Dr. William Rukirande, Bishop Emeritus of Kigezi Diocese, who worked with Bishop Kivengere as Associate Bishop, hailed and described Bishop Festo Kivengere as a pious, spiritual and mighty servant of God during his tenure on earth .
Bishop Festo Kivengere was born in 1919 and died in 1988 and was a Ugandan Anglican-Christian leader dubbed by many as the Billy Graham of Africa. Kivengere, was Diocesan Bishop of Kigezi from 1972 to 1988, having replaced the late Bishop Dick Lyth, who was Bishop from 1967 to 1972.
In 2015, the Diocese of Kigezi decided to always hold annual memorial services for the late Bishop Festo Kivengere.