Last Updated on: 24th November 2022, 11:51 am
“The requirements every parish is supposed to meet include having more that 250 mature and committed Christians,..”
By Hope Owiny Ochero
Kotido – November 23, 2022: Non-compliant parishes of the Church of Uganda, North Karamoja Diocese have been given three years to meet standards or risk being phased out.
The leadership of the Church of Uganda, North Karamoja diocese has announced that the parishes within the Diocese that do not meet the standards provided for in the Church’s canon law are at risk.
The Diocesan Secretary Peter Ijala was addressing the congregation of Kiru Archdeaconary on November 20, 2022 and told them.
According to Ejala, the requirements every parish is supposed to meet include having more that 250 mature and committed Christians, ability to cater for the financial needs of their clergy and having reliable means of income to sustain its financial needs.
He added that the parish should also have its own land where the Church building and residences for the clergy sit, among others.
Ejala said that the Diocese will be very keen to implement this provision in the Church’s canon law starting next year in January.
“All parishes have to comply in order to avoid being demoted to a sub parish status,” he added.
Rev. Canon Nelson, a parish priest, said in a phone interview that Karamoja region is a volatile region faced with a number of challenges. “It will be difficult for the Church to meet some of the requirements.”
He says that as a pastoral community, some of the Church members move away in search of water leaving the Church with less number. “Insecurity drives some people away, high levels of poverty also affects the level of Church collections and the level of evangelization is still low,” he told TND News.
The Canon added that priests should be given more training instead of phasing out the parishes because the Diocese will also risk losing its status if they have fewer parishes than required, further saying that the diocese should write to the affected parishes.
The Church of Uganda North Karamoja Diocese currently has 20 parishes.