ZOMBO. There were wild celebrations yesterday as a crowd of people from across all religious denominations lined up along Nebbi-Goli road to welcome their honoured Arch Bishop Emeritus...

 

ZOMBO. There were wild celebrations yesterday as a crowd of people from across all religious denominations lined up along Nebbi-Goli road to welcome their honoured Arch Bishop Emeritus Henry Luck Orombi home.

The Emeritus Arch Bishop of Church of Uganda was awarded Honorary Doctorate of divinity by Zoe life theological college-Philadelphia, the USA in recognition of his outstanding performance in shaping humanity through evangelization.

He was honoured alongside four other Ugandans from the Acholi sub-region during the award ceremony held at Serena Hotel in Kampala on Saturday last week.

The outspoken Arch Bishop Emeritus told the people who converged at his residence in Goli-Atida village that the award is not just his alone but for the whole of West Nile region.

“This is not my award alone, it is for all of us in the region because you people gave me the strength and support that made me reach where I am today”, he said.

He encouraged parents to support the education of their children because the challenge ahead of them is enormous and it is only through education they will be able to defend their land.

The Arch Bishop Emeritus urged the elders and local leaders to put a stop to night discos and film shows in their community on account of its dangers to the growing children who may get exposed to HIV/AIDS among others.

“My leaders please, stop night disco and anything that puts our children in danger because they are death traps and make sure as a parent you watch over your children with keenness”, he warned.

He said Beth-El children’s ministry, a project being run by the Emeritus’ wife has constructed a nursery and primary school which is supporting a number of children from the community to access quality education which will eventually transform the community.

Rev Ephraim Jagen, the Dean St Stephen’s Cathedral who spoke on behalf of other Rev. Pastors from Nebbi Anglican diocese congratulated the Arch Bishop Emeritus upon the award and appealed to the people to be grateful to God for the things He does in their lives.

Residents2 17 07 19Residents line up along the road to welcome the former Arch Bishop.

“Some people do not receive their blessings because they are ungrateful to God and one thing you must know is that whatever God has for you is in store awaiting its time and God’s time is always the best”, he said.

Arch Bishop Emeritus Henry Luke Orombi served as Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala from 2004 until his retirement in December 2012, two years earlier than expected. He was succeeded by Stanley Ntagali who is also seeking early retirement.

Orombi was educated at Bishop Tucker Theological College which today is known as Uganda Christian University, in Mukono, Uganda, where he received a Diploma in Theology, and St John's College, Nottingham, in England, where he attained a Bachelor of Divinity degree.

Before becoming Archbishop, he served as the diocesan youth officer in Moyo and Adjumani district in West Nile region from 1979 until 1986. He then served as Archdeacon at Goli in Nebbi district from 1987 until 1993. From 1993 until 2003, he served as the Bishop of Nebbi diocese.