By Ambrose Kweronda
The Church of Uganda on Wednesday afternoon issued a tentative burial programme of Bishop Benon Magezi of North Kigezi Diocese.
The body was on Wednesday officially handed over to Uganda Funeral Services.
On Thursday June 17, 2021 there will be a funeral service at All Saints Cathedral Kampala at 10:00 am with the Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, as the main preacher.
Only 20 people have been invited to attend physically.
The Bishop Emeritus of North Kigezi Diocese Rt Rev Patrick Tugume Tusingwire asked the Christians to keep off from St.Emmanuel Cathedral Kinyasano, the Bishop’s office and residence as they mourn the death of late Bishop Benon Magezi
Tugume Tusingwire said that the Diocese and entire country is indeed living in hard times and the only solution is to be extra careful and follow the Standard Operating Procedures that were put in place by the government to stop the spread of coronvirus pandemic
Bishop Tugume narrated that the death of his successor Bishop Magezi came as a shock but people need to accept it and commiserate with the family of the late Bishop
The statement noted that the Bishop would be buried at Emmanuel Cathedral Kinyasano on Friday at 10:00 am.
On Wednesday, Archbishop mourned the death of Bishop Magezi who succumbed to the Covid-19 virus.
In a statement, The Most Rev. Dr Kaziimba announced that Bishop Magezi had passed away on Tuesday ‘after a short illness’.
Bishop Benon Magezi was consecrated and enthroned as Bishop on January, 8 2017 at Emmanuel Cathedral, Kinyasano, Rukungiri.
He had recently launched a major fundraising campaign to expand the Cathedral and the church’s ministry in the Diocese.
Bishop Benon Magezi grew up in a Christian home and attended church regularly with his family.
During a Mission Sunday at his local church in 1981, he received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour and was born again.
The following year he left teaching and began full-time ministry as a parish youth worker.
Prior to his election as Bishop, he served as Diocesan Treasurer of North Kigezi Diocese, and in many parishes.
He was ordained a deacon in December 1991 and a priest the following year. He earned a Bachelor of Divinity from the Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, in 2009, having earned both a Certificate and Diploma in Theology from Bishop Barham Theological College in 1990 and 1998, respectively.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys and their five children
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