The head of Christian laity at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Seseme John Tereraho has announced that the search for a new Bishop has begun and the process is likely to take up to 8 months.
The comments were made yesterday during a press briefing after a closed door Synod meeting.
Tereraho explained that the essence of the meeting was to give the Bishop of Muhabura Diocese Rt. Rev. Cranmer Mugisha an opportunity to tell the Synod about his decision and plans of early retirement.
“We are aware that Bishop Cranmer made his intentions to retire early clear and also communicated to the Archbishop of Uganda and the council of Bishops, so today he was meeting the Synod to formally tell us his plans”, Tereraho explained
Bishop of Muhabura Diocese Rt. Rev Cranmer Mugisha said he is prepared to retire early, a decision that has left some Christians with mixed feelings.
He further noted that plans to find a successor for the Bishop Cranmer has commenced.
Tereraho explained that after the glorious elevation of Christopher Gashirabake to Judge of Court of Appeals, the Synod had to find another Chancellor to advise the diocese during the selection of a new Bishop.
Ernest Mushime Sendegeya has been approved as the new Chancellor who is expected to coordinate the entire process.
Cautionary Tale Moving Forward
Tereraho, who also heads Christians at Provincial level said it is very important for all Christians to respect the decision of Bishop Cranmer who has served his people well.
Tereraho further castigated groups of people who have been circulating letters of discord and attempting to tarnish the clergy adding that positive change can only be achieved through prayer and working together.
“Some of the letters were written by people we know. Some of them are pastors, leaders and Christians. We cannot support conflicts any longer. We have a constitution for the Province of Church of Uganda, let us work by that and nothing else”, Tereraho emphasized
He further noted that Bishop Cranmer is a consecrated man of God therefore he deserve the respect adding that the diocese has grown leaps and bounds during his time.