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Our History

Christianity was introduced in Kigezi in 1912 by missionaries from the Church Missionary Society of England, sent by the Rwanda Mission and the indigenous Ugandan converts of the late 1890s and 1900s. 

It was given further impetus by the "East Africa Revival," ushered in by the Holy Spirit in 1935.  The revival was characterized by public confession of sin, and living a life of victory over sin through repentance, prayer, fellowship, Bible study and witnessing for Christ.  The revival movement which spread to the whole of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda led to many people in the District committing themselves to Christ.  This became the foundation and forms part of the tradition of the Diocese of Kigezi. 

The Diocese of Kigezi was established by the Province of the Church of Uganda in 1967.  It was carved out of the then Diocese of Ankole-Kigezi.  The Rt. Rev. Richard Lyth from England became the first Bishop of the Diocese.  He was succeeded in 1972 by the late Bishop Festo Kivengere, a renowned international evangelist.

Bishop Kivengere was succeeded by the Rt. Rev. Willliam Rukirande, who retired in 1997 and was succeeded by the Rt. Rev. George Katwesigye.  The latter played a pivotal role in the "Sexuality Debate" at the 1998 Lambeth Conference. 

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