By Kabuye Ronald
The Orthodox Holy Synod meeting in Alexandria, Egypt has elected Metropolitan Leronymos Muzeeyi the new Archbishop of the Holy Metropolis of Kampala and all Uganda.
His election follows the death of Archbishop Jonah Lwanga, who passed on the 5th of September 2021 in Athens, Greece.
The synod meeting was chaired by the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, His Beatitude Theodorous II. The synod also created Jinja Diocese as a new diocese in Uganda, which has been part of Gulu Diocese and Bishop Silvester Kisitu as its overseer.
Metropolitan Leronymos Muzeeyi’s Biography
Information obtained from the official website of the metropolis of Mwanza indicates that Muzeeyi was born in an Orthodox family on March 18, 1962, in Bulopa which is found in the present-day Luuka district Busoga region.
He attended Kasaka Primary School, Chwa II Memorial College and Kololo Senior Secondary School. While growing up, the metropolitan is said to have been very close to Metropolitan Theodoros Nankyama the then metropolitan of Kampala and stayed at the Mission Center in Namungoona for seven years where he learned the Orthodox way of life as a teenager.
The then newly ordained priest returned to Uganda where he served as the Vicar General of Kampala for a year and then was assigned to serve as Vicar General of the Diocese of Bukoba in Tanzania, an office he held from 1997 to 1999.
The following year, he was elevated to the office of Bishop of the same See. Through hard work and commitment, Muzeeyi grew the Orthodox Church in Tanzania by the construction of new churches, the establishment of seminaries to prepare future priests and holding regular youth and women’s seminars to enrich the faith of the new believers.
In recognition of his pastoral and missionary work, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria elevated Bishop Leronymos to the rank of Metropolitan of Mwanza on November 23, 2007.