KAMPALA. After a week of deliberations and prayer, the Church of Uganda House of bishops has elected Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Bishop of Masindi-Kitara Diocese as the new Archbishop.
Archbishop-elect Ntagali, 57, was ordained to the priesthood in 1981 and has since served in various positions in the establishment of the Anglican Church in Uganda including Provincial Secretary who organised the installation of the current Archbishop.
He takes over from Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi who has been at the helm for the last nine years and chose to retire a year ahead of his tenure.
Speaking at the unveiling of Rt. Rev. Ntagali as the eighth Archbishop, Bishop Nichodemus Okille, the Dean of Province said, “The Archbishop-elect was overwhelmingly voted through secret ballot.”
The election by secret ballot was presided over by the Provincial Chancellor, saw Bishop Ntagali voted with more than a two-thirds majority, per the Constitution of the Church of Uganda.
Bishop Ntagali was consecrated Bishop on December 19, 2004 and has served as the Bishop of Masindi-Kitara Diocese for eight years.
Archbishop Orombi said: “the eighth Archbishop is a new beginning and another chapter of the Anglican Church. I am encouraged and I am sure there are no more problems.”
Early this year, Archbishop Orombi, the seventh Archbishop who took over in 2003 announced his early retirement saying, a move to devote more time to fulfill his life calling of full time preaching.
Archbishop-elect Ntagali is expected to be consecrated on December 16 at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe.
He said; “I am humbled because slightly over thirty minutes ago they [Bishops] said that I am going to be a team leader. I will be a team leader and you will be my team members. This is an answered prayer.”
The race for the head of the Anglican Church has been building up since Orombi formally announced that he would step down mid this year.
Stanley Ntagali was born and grew up in Kigezi 57 years ago. He later moved to Hoima at the age of 16 to Bunyoro-Kitara where he has lived since then.
Shortly after leaving formal education he began working as an untrained teacher in local schools, and then at 19 years old he became a youth worker in Wambabya parish in Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese.
Just a few years later in 1977 he once again became an internal migrant – this time commissioned by Bishop Eustace Ruhindi to join a small group of people sent to do mission work in Karamoja.