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Rev. Dr. Lydia Kitayimbwa installed as Chaplain of St. Francis Chapel, Makerere; pledges to transform digital evangelism

Rev Dr Lydia Nsaale Kitayimbwa has today been installed as Chaplain of St. Francis Chapel, Makerere in a colorful ceremony presided over by The Most Rev Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Archbishop and Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, in which she outlined 14 ministry focus areas.

In her Charge, Dr. Kitayimbwa, who has made history as the first female Chaplain of the 81 year old Chapel and the 12th Chaplain since its inception, said she will focus on spiritual formation by encouraging activities that will foster spiritual growth for all St Franciscans.

She further noted that she will focus on mission and evangelism through developing and training mission teams and sending them out into the communities both in Makerere University and beyond Uganda.

Dr. Kitayimbwa, who late last year attained her PhD in Practical Theology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, with her thesis on, “Communicating the gospel in a digital age: A case study of the dioceses of Kampala and Namirembe,” pledged to transform digital evangelism.

“We shall use technology and media in the propagation of the gospel, strengthen St Francis online and ICT ministry to increase our reach to wider communities through the use of multimedia in the communication of the gospel,” said Dr. Kitayimbwa.

Her other ministry focus areas include; discipleship and mentorship, leadership development and training, home cell ministry, pastoral care ministry, creation of a counselling department, strengthening the youth department, growing the worship, strengthening family life, strengthening partnerships, strengthening fellowships, and infrastructure development.
To ensure a financial stable Chapel, Rev Lydia pledged to ensure good stewardship of Church resources and investments and enhancing accountability at all levels of Church operations.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, The Most Rev Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu who was the main celebrant commended the newly installed Chaplain for her efforts in transforming the digital evangelism in Church of Uganda.

“During COVID-19, when Churches were closed, Rev Lydia began the Online Church of Uganda which ministers virtually to the whole world. The Church will never be the same again. We now have congregations on Facebook, Zoom, YouTube and many other platforms,” said Archbishop Kaziimba.

He said that the Church of Uganda is committed to empowering women in ministry especially in ordained ministry by strategically positioning them because of their flexibility, zeal and determination to preach the gospel.

Credit: Church of Uganda Twitter Handle

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