Canon Alfred Olwa Elected Bishop of Lango Diocese

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Rev. Olwa is an influential member of several boards and committees in the Anglican Church of East Africa. He was also a Canon of All Saints Cathedral at Boroboro in Lango diocese

Reverend Canon Dr. Alfred Olwa, the Dean of the Faculty of Divinity and Theology at Uganda Christian University, formerly Bishop Tucker College in Mukono is the Bishop elect of Lango Diocese. Rev. Canon Amos Magezi, the Provincial Secretary, Church of Uganda announced the election of Rev. Olwa on Wednesday evening.


According to Rev. Canon Magezi, Rev. Olwa was elected by the House of Bishops sitting at Namirembe Guest House on Wednesday as the 3rd Bishop of Lango Diocese. He said Rev Olwa will be consecrated and enthroned August 13th 2017 at All Saints Cathedral in Boroboro in Lira. Rev. Olwa was born January 29th 1964 in Namasale in Lango Diocese.



He holds a Diploma in Theology and Bachelor of Divinity from Makerere University and Bishop Turker Theological College, now Uganda Christian University Mukono, Research from Brunel University, Uxbridge; London Bible College in 2001 and 2003.


He is also holds a PhD, which he attained in 2012 from the University of Western Sydney; Moore College, Sydney. After his two years of study in England, Olwa returned to Uganda May 5th 2012 and was immediately appointed Dean of the Faculty of Divinity and Theology at Uganda Christian University where he has been to date.

 
At the Uganda Christian University Olwa's duties included teaching new pastors for first degrees, teaching clergy studying for Master's degrees and providing support training for spouses. He has set up several new courses in the faculty and co-founded the African Areopogus Society, a forum where the link between science and religion is discussed by the university community.


Rev. Olwa is an influential member of several boards and committees in the Anglican Church of East Africa. He was also a Canon of All Saints Cathedral at Boroboro in Lango diocese. He has regularly spent time counseling victims of, the long-running insurrection of the so-called Lord's Resistance Army.

Olwa will replace Bishop John Charles Odur Kami whose term of office expires on August 13th. Bishop Kami who is also caretaking Kitgum Diocese has served Lango Diocese since 2000 when he was inaugurated Bishop. He was ordained a priest in 1994 and has served as the Archdeacon and Diocesan Secretary in Lango Diocese; Chaplain of Hospital and Prison in Lira; and currently serving as Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Divinity at Uganda Christian University, Mukono.


Rev. Olwa gave his life to Christ on April 4th 1982 in Ayile, Amoro. He is married to Rev. Susan Olwa and they have three.  Christians in Lango diocese have received the election of Rev. Canon Rev. Olwa with excitement. Rev. James Awany of Agwata parish in Lango diocese describes Rev. Can Owa as an accomplished academician whose experience will help stir Lango Diocese in building the faith in his flocks to protect the Gospel.




Issha Otto Amiza, the Oyam South MP has congratulated Rev. Canon Olwa upon his election as the new Bishop of Lango Diocese. He says his election will bring an end to the confusion and hatred brought about in the diocese during the search for the successor of Bishop Kami. 




He says his election brings new walk towards God's kingdom in Lango diocese.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

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