RUKUNGIRI– The North Kigezi Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Benon Magezi has passed on.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Grace Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu in a statement issued by the Provincial Secretary Rev Canon William Ongeng, Bishop Benon Magezi died on 15th June after a short illness.
“The Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, regrets to announce the untimely death of the Rt. Rev. Benon Magezi, Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese” part of the statement reads.
Bishop Benon Magezi was consecrated and enthroned as Bishop on 8th January 2017 at Emmanuel Cathedral, Kinyasano, Rukungiri. He had recently launched a major fundraising campaign to expand the Cathedral and the church’s ministry in the Diocese.
Bishop Benon Magezi grew up in a Christian home and attended church regularly with his family. During a Mission Sunday at his local church in 1981, he received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour and was born again. The following year he left teaching and began full-time ministry as a parish youth worker.
Prior to his election as Bishop, he served as Diocesan Treasurer of North Kigezi Diocese, and in many parishes. He was ordained a deacon in December 1991 and a priest the following year. He earned a Bachelor of Divinity from the Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, in 2009, having earned both a Certificate and Diploma in Theology from Bishop Barham Theological College in 1990 and 1998, respectively.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys and their five children.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints.” (Ps 116.15).
Burial arrangements are still pending according to the Church of Uganda.
The Bishop was admitted at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital a fortnight ago battling Covid19 related illness.
He becomes the second serving Church of Uganda Bishop to succumb to COVID-19 since March 2020 when it was declared in the country.