KAMPALA — Archbishop Yona Lwanga, the Metropolitan of Kampala and all Uganda, in Central Africa under the Eastern Orthodox Church of Alexandria had died, his office has said.
“Our spiritual Father is gone to meet the Lord,” the Orthodox Church in Uganda said in a statement on Sunday.
The Church early Sunday virtually held an intercessory prayer, also informing congregants that His Eminence Lwanga was hospitalized.
He was the leader of the Arthodox in Kampala, with jurisdiction over all Uganda.
He was 76 years.
He completed his general education in Bulemezi and Kyaddondo, Uganda (1952-1964).
In 1964-1968 he studied at the Ecclesiastical School of Crete.
In 1968-1978 he completed a degree in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Athens, Greece.
In 1979−1981 he served Secretary of the Orthodox Mission in Uganda, before he ordained a Deacon on May 1, 1981.
He was ordained a priest a year later and a vicar Bishop of Bukoba on 27 January 1992.
On 12 May 1997 he was elected by the Holy Synod as Metropolitan of Kampala and All Uganda.
Lwanga’s grandfather, Obadiah Basajjakitalo, was one of the two initial leaders of the Orthodox Church in Uganda along with Ruben Spartas Mukasa.