Metropolitan Muzeeyi was elected at the end of the three days of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria between January 10 to 12. The synod meeting held in Egypt was chaired by His Beatitude Pope Theodoros II, according to Fr John Kibuuka Bbossa, the chairperson of the board of trustees of the Metropolis of Kampala.
His Eminence Metropolitan Jeronymos Muzeeyi
His Eminence Metropolitan Jeronymos Muzeeyi has been elected
the new Archbishop of the Orthodox Church of Uganda replacing Archbishop Yona Lwanga who passed on in September last year.
Metropolitan Muzeeyi was
elected at the end of the three days of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of
Alexandria between January 10 to 12. The synod meeting held in Egypt was chaired by His Beatitude Pope Theodoros II, according to Fr John Kibuuka Bbossa, the chairperson of the board of trustees of
the Metropolis of Kampala.
“The Church has been eagerly waiting for the election of the
new Metropolitan. The process according to laws and norms of the church was not
expected to go beyond February,” the joyful priest told Uganda Radio Network
moments after the news of the election was received from Alexandria.
The elected Metropolitan is a Ugandan National and has been the
Metropolitan of Mwanza and Exarch of Western Tanzania, which is part of the
Church of Alexandria since 1999. Archimandrite Constantine Mbonabingi, the vicar of the Holy
Metropolis of Kampala describes Metropolitan Muzeeyi as a dedicated,
developmental and humble leader who puts all his life to serve his faith and
those in need.
“…above all, he is not strange to the metropolis of Kampala
and all Uganda. He grew in faith from here and served here for years. He
understands this jurisdiction very well,” Archimandrite Mbonabingi who served with metropolitan
Muzeeyi for several years in Tanzania said.
Muzeeyi’s election makes him the third
Metropolitan of the Holy Metropolis of Kampala and Uganda which was
established in 1995 after the division of the Holy Metropolis of East
Africa into three metropolia in1995. The first archbishop Metropolitan Theodoros
Nankyama who passed on in 1997.
Earlier, His Beatitude Theodorus II
had appointed, the Archbishop of Nairobi Metropolitan Makarios II as the Caretaker
for the Holy Metropolis of Kampala. According to the norms of the Orthodox Church, the Holy
Synod which comprises all bishops from the Patriarchate is the body responsible for
electing a Metropolitan. The vote is conducted through a secret ballot and the one with
majority votes takes this high office.
Priests with knowledge on the process say that while
electing, suitable candidates from the entire orthodox Church world over at the
level of Archimandrite, Bishop or Metropolitan can be nominated for election. Available information indicates that the newly elected Muzeeyi had
contested with Archbishop Lwanga, who was the then bishop of Bukoba, in 1997
but the latter won the race.
Meanwhile, the Holy Synod has also created a Holy Diocese of Jinja and All Eastern Uganda and
elected His Grace Bishop Silvester Kisitu to lead it transferring him from Diocese
of Gulu and All Northern Uganda. In the same development, Archimandrite
Nectarios Kabuye has been elected to replace Bishop Kisitu.
Metropolitan Jeronymos 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
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.
Due to his demeanour and spiritual depth, Muzeeyi was sent to
study at the School of Theology of the University of Athens in Greece by
Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos, who is the current Archbishop of Albania. In
1995, Muzeeyi was ordained to the diaconate by His Grace, Bishop Theodoros Kyrineos,
who is the current Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa. Subsequently, he
became a priest the following year.
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 Jeronymos to the rank of Metropolitan of Mwanza on November 23, 2007.