The Ugandan House of Bishops has elected Bishop Stanley Ntagali as the Archbishop and Primate of the second largest province of the Anglican Communion.
At a press conference following a meeting of the House of Bishops at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe on 22 June 2012 the Dean of the Church of Uganda Bishop Nicodemus Okille announced that Bishop Ntagali had received two-thirds of the votes cast in a secret ballot.
“I am sure that the prayer of many people of this province has been answered,” Archbishop Henry Orombi said after the election. We can change our prayers, he said. “This morning it was a prayer of asking. Now it is a prayer for thanksgiving.”
The “temperature in our province is cool and nice”, Archbishop Henry said. The problems of the past had ended and the Church of Uganda was about to enter “better times as God will be honoured in Uganda.”
“I will be a team leader and my brother bishops, all of you, will all be my team members,” the newly elected archbishop said after his election.
Born in Ndorwa County in Kabale District in 1955, on Christmas Eve 1974 he underwent a conversion experience and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour and was “born again”. The new archbishop worked as a teacher and then as a lay missionary in Karamoja Diocese before training for the ministry at Bishop Tucker Theological College in Uganda and St. Paul’s Theological College, Limuru, Kenya. He later undertook graduate studies at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the UK.
After ordination he served as a parish priest in Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese until 2002, when he was appointed Provincial Secretary for the Church of Uganda. On 19 December 2004 he was consecrated Bishop of the Masindi-Kitara Diocese – and was the first bishop consecrated by the then newly elected Archbishop Henry Orombi. Bishop Ntagali is married to Beatrice and they have five children.
Under Ugandan canon law, to be eligible to stand for election, a potential archbishop one must already be serving as a Bishop in the Church of Uganda, and must be at least 50 years old. Out of the 35 Bishops currently active in the Church of Uganda, 29 were eligible to become Archbishop, Bishop Okille said.
The installation of the new Archbishop is expected to take place on 16th December at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe.