ANNUAL BISHOPS RETREAT OPENED IN RWENZORI
By Sylvia Kugonza
Bishops from Western Uganda and their spouses have converged in Fort Portal for the annual Bishops’ retreat.
According to Rev. Samuel Kalyebara, the Rwenzori Diocesan Secretary, the four-day retreat will attract more than 40 serving and retired bishops under the Province of Church of Uganda from Bunyoro and Kigezi.
Opening the retreat yesterday in Fort Portal, Bishop Reuben Kisembo of Rwenzori Diocese thanked the Bishops for selecting Rwenzori Diocese as host of the retreat.
According to Kisembo, the retreat will be an opportunity for the Bishops to discuss and find solutions to critical issues affecting the dioceses in the region.
Kisembo says that some of the important issues that will be discussed during the four-day retreat will be how to improve the education standards in Church of Uganda founded schools.
He explains that some of the schools lack infrastructure and have deteriorated academically.
He also says the during the retreat, the Bishops will also discuss the family, since it is the essential element of society and is facing challenges such as divorce, domestic violence and homosexuality.
Richard Rwabuhinga; the LCV Chairperson Kabarole district urged the Bishops to pray for unity in the country. He said that the country is currently divided over the amendment of article 102 (b) of the constitution regarding the removal of the presidential age limit.
According to Bishop George Bagamuhunda of Kabale Diocese, the Bishops and spouses retreat started 20 years ago. He explains that during the retreat the religious leaders reflect on their spiritual call in society and also discuss and find solutions to some of the issues affecting dioceses in the region.
Bishop Bagamuhunda also says that the retreat is rotational that runs through the Western region. Last year, the retreat was hosted by Kabale Diocese and next year, Masindi-Kitara Diocese will be the host.
Source:www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website.