West Lango Parishioners Upbeat over Pioneer Bishop

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The election was announced by Rev. Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop Church of Uganda, during the House of Bishops meeting, held at Lweza Training Conference Center last week. Rev. Canon Milton Jacky Otto Olima, the chaplain All Saints University in Lira town welcomes the development saying this will finally end the confusion that marred the formation of the Pioneer diocesan leadership.

Parishioners in West Lango Diocese welcome the appointment of Rev. Canon Alfred Acur Okodi, as their pioneer bishop. The diocese with headquarters at St. Peter’s protestant Cathedral Church Aduku was curved out of Lango diocese over four years ago.

The election was announced by Rev. Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop Church of Uganda, during the House of Bishops meeting, held at Lweza Training Conference Centre last week.

Rev. Canon Acur has served as Vicar of St. Stephens Nsambya as well as Archdeacon of Kampala Southern Archdeaconry. Prior to this, he served as Assistant Vicar of All Saints’ Cathedral, Kampala, as well as Kampala Diocesan Mission Coordinator.

Rev. Canon Milton Jacky Otto Olima, the chaplain All Saints University in Lira town welcomes the development saying this will finally end the confusion that initially marred the formation of the Pioneer diocesan leadership.

He was making reference to a court battle that started after a group of Christians dragged the diocese, the Province of the Church of Uganda and Diocesan Secretary Rev. Jacob Ogwok to court protesting the cancellation of names of the two candidates who had been nominated for the position of bishop. The two nominees were Rev. Canon Milton Otto Olima and Rev. Alfred Acur.

Back then, the House of Bishops rejected the names which were forwarded for vetting saying Ben Wacha, who presided over their nomination as commissioner for oaths, had an expired practicing certificate.

Rev. Canon Otto welcomes the appointment and urged believers to give the new Bishop full support. He further credited Rev. Canon Acur as one of those who struggled to build St. Augustine Cathedral Lira during his tenure as Vicar before he was transferred to Kampala.

 George Opota Ojwang, the Chief Warden at St. Augustine Church of Uganda described Rev. Acur’s election as the new Bishop as Godly.He appreciated the Lango Diocese Synod members for nominating Acur to stir leadership of the new Diocese.

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Benson Dila, the Oyam district council speaker also a Synod member is hoping that the new Bishop will now make work of evangelization easier in the districts of Kole, Oyam and Apac where it covers.

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Rev.John Charles Odur Kami, Lango Diocese bishop urged Christians to pray for the new diocese and the Bishop elect.
 
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 Bishop elect, Rev. Canon Alfred Acur was born on December 25, 1954 in Aloi Sub county, Alebtong district and was ordained in 1991 at Aloi Archdeaconry headquarters. He went to Dr. Obote College, Boroboro for O-level and Kitgum High School for his A-Level education before joining Kyambogo National Teachers College, Now Kyambogo University.

Rev. Acur described his appointment as a call to fulfil God’s mission to serve his people.