By Alex Baluku
South Rwenzori Diocese on Saturday launched St. Peter’s Week with a call on the fathers to love and own the church for its sustainability.
During the week, a number of activities including enrolling and commissioning of fathers’ union members and holding mass weddings will be done in all Archdeaconries across the Diocese.
The Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Nason Baluku says when he was consecrated and enthroned on December 13, 2020; he pledged to revive the Fathers’ Union Ministry.
According to the Bishop, early this year, the staff board agreed with the Bishop to launch a Fathers’ Union Desk and subsequently appointed Rev. Peter Kamalha as the Fathers’ Union Coordinator.
The Bishop said as a Diocese, they thought ii wise to bring the fathers together with a view of making them strengthen their faith coupled with sharing one another’s burdens.
Bishop Baluku revealed that since its inception and launch, the Fathers’ Union Ministry has registered a number of achievements including forming committees right away from the local churches to the Diocesan level, enrolling 323 fathers and training of Lay readers, clergy and fathers’ union leaders among others.
The prelate also announced that the Diocese will host 20 people from Mt. Kenya South Diocese who are expected to preach the Word of God in a number of churches and later in the evening join the congregation at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Kasese town for a Couples’ Candle Light and Camp Fire Dinner.
Mr. Godfrey Kule Kiwede, the St. Paul’s Cathedral Fathers’ Union Leader said that women had disempowered men in their families, a reason why they are reviving the Fathers’ Union Ministry as a way of empowering men to appreciate their roles working as family priests and then work together with their spouses to the glory of God.