MBARARA – Christians across religious denominations have congratulated Rt Rev Lambert Bainomugisha following his appointment as new Archbishop of Mbarara Catholic Archdiocese.
Bishop Johnson Twinomujuni of West Ankole Anglican Diocese that covers parts of Bushenyi and Sheema districts said that he will continue to pray for the Archbishop-elect.
“On behalf of the entire Anglican Church and Community of West Ankole Diocese, I congratulate Rt. Rev. Lambert Bainomugisha upon his election and elevation to a higher episcopal and pastoral office and responsibility as the Archbishop-Elect of Mbarara Archdiocese,” Bishop Twinomujuni said.
“May the Lord bless and use you, dear brother, to minister to His flock that will be entrusted unto your care. To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power” (2 Thes. 1:11),” he added.
Archdiocese of Mbarara Development Association (AMDA), a group of Christians who stay in Kampala, also welcomed Bishop Bainomugisha’s appointment.
Below is their message
25th April, 2020
Rt. Rev. Dr. Bishop Lambert Bainomugisha
The Archbishop Elect
Archdiocese of Mbarara
Dear Archbishop Elect,
RE: CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE
We the members of the Archdiocese of Mbarara Development Association (AMDA), heartily congratulate you upon your appointment as the Archbishop Elect of the Archdiocese of Mbarara. The news of your appointment has brought a lot of pleasure to us.
We thank His Holiness Pope Francis who upon the inspiration of the Holy Spirit has chosen you to be the chief shepherd of the Archdiocese of Mbarara. May the Almighty continue to bless you.
We are very grateful to the outgoing Archbishop Paul K. Bakyenga for the great legacy he has left behind. In his tenure as the Archbishop, the Church in Mbarara has grown in all dimensions and many people have experienced salvation through his leadership and careful attention to the advice of the Holy Spirit.
Your Grace, as the scripture states in Jeremiah 1:5, we believe the Almighty God chose you before you existed and prepared you as a Shepherd to his people.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nation”_
No wonder, your appointment has occurred on the Feast Day of St Mark, the Evangelist. May you draw inspiration from St Mark in spreading God’s word and goodness to the nations.
We shall continue beseeching the Lord almighty to bestow upon you all the wisdom you need to shepherd the Archdiocese of Mbarara.
Your appointment has come at a time when the world is experiencing a pandemic as a result of COVID-19. As a consequence, the faithful are locked down in their houses and some are lacking food and other life necessities. Beyond this current challenge, there are the usual development challenges that afflict our Archdiocese and the nation at large. We are confident that your appointment will go a long way in ameliorating these pastoral challenges.
You already have great men who have come before you in the names of; Bishop F.X Lacoursiele, Bishop J M Ogez, Bishop J.B. Kakubi and Archbishop P. K. Bakyenga. These will inspire you in your new ministry.
On behalf of the Executive Council and all the members of AMDA, we pledge to closely work with you. We wish you a successful episcopalate.
May the Almighty continue to guide you as you serve his people
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Gaston Ampe
On behalf of the entire Anglican Church and Community of West Ankole Diocese, I congratulate Rt. Rev. Lambert Bainomugisha upon his election and elevation to a higher episcopal and pastoral office and responsibility as the Archbishop-Elect of Mbarara Archdiocese.
May the Lord bless and use you, dear brother, to minister to His flock that will be entrusted unto your care.
“To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power” (2 Thes. 1:11).
Once again, Congratulations!
From Bishop West Ankole Diocese
Rt Rev Bishop JT