Monday July 21 2014

Church of Uganda elects two new bishops

(L-R) Venerable Alfred Acur and canon Samuel

(L-R) Venerable Alfred Acur and canon Samuel Gidudu the new elected bishops 

By Job Bwire

The House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda has elected two bishops to serve in the Mbale and West Lango dioceses.
Rev. Canon Samuel Gidudu has been elected as 4th Bishop of North Mbale Diocese while his counterpart the Venerable Canon Alfred Okodi Acur as the 1st Bishop of West Lango Diocese.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali, made the announcement on Thursday at the conclusion of the House of Bishops meeting at Lweza Training and Conference Centre.
According to Archbishop Ntagali, the consecration of Canon Acur and Canon Gidudu is scheduled for October 19 and November 16 this year at St. Peter’s Pro-cathedral Aduku and St. Mathew’s Cathedral, Buhugu, Sironko respectively.
Canon Gidudu was born on June 6, 1968 at Bunamakongo Sub-county, Sironko District and got saved August 3, 1997 before he was ordained in the Diocese of North Mbale in March 2002.
Since 2010 Canon Gidudu has served as the Diocesan Secretary of North Mbale Diocese as well as the Sub-dean of St. Mathews Cathedral, Buhugu. He had also served as the Vicar of St. Andrews Parish Church Mutufu.
Canon Gidudu graduated with Diploma in Theology from Uganda Christian University in 2001 before receiving a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from the same university in 2009.
Hi counterpart, Venerable Acur was born on December 25, 1954 at Alebtong District and ordained in 1991 at Aloi Archdeaconry Headquarters.
Since 2011 Venerable Acur has served as Vicar of St. Stephens Nsambya as well as Archdeacon of Kampala Southern Archdeaconry in Kampala Diocese. He had also served as Assistant Vicar of All Saints’ Cathedral, Kampala, as well as Kampala Diocesan Mission Coordinator.
Venerable Acur was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Missions from Nairobi Evangelical School of Theology in 1996 after obtaining a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from the then Bishop Tucker Theological College, now Uganda Christian University.