Ankole Diocese is one of the 34 Dioceses that make up the province of church of Uganda. Ankole Diocese covers the districts of Mbarara, Ibanda, Isingiro and part of Ntungamo (ruhama County) in the southern part of Uganda. It is made up of 17 Archdeaconries, 60 Parishes, 600 Sub-Parishes!
Historical Timeline of Ankole Diocese
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Rt. Rev. Amos Betungura Consecrated
1970 – 1992 Rt.Rev. Amos Betungura was consecrated and enthroned as the 2nd Bishop of Ankole Diocese.
Ankole Diocese created out of Ankole-Kigezi Diocese
1967 Ankole Diocese was created out of Ankole-Kigezi Diocese with Rt.Rev. Kosia Shalita as the first Bishop
The Most Rev. Eric Sabiiti Enthroned
1966 The most Rev.Eric Sabiiti enthroned as the first Ugandan and 2nd Archbishop of the Province of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda , Burundi and Boga –Zaire.
Church of Uganda, Ruanda-Urundi and Boga-Zaire
1961 The Province of the Church of Uganda, Ruanda-Urundi and Boga-Zaire was inaugurated with the most Rev. Leslie Brown as the 1st The name later changed to the church of Uganda, Rwanda –Burundi and Boga –Zaire.
Kigezi Diocese was curved out of Uganda Diocese
1960 Ankole – Kigezi Diocese was curved out of Uganda Diocese with Rt.Rev. Kosia Shalita as the first Bishop.
1936 emergence of the East Africa Revival movement leading to the development of lay leadership, preserved religious fervor and missionary zeal in church
First group of native Banyankole
1904, the first group of native Banyankole was commissioned as evangelists.
Omugabe Edward Solomon Kahaya
5th 1902 The king of Ankole, Omugabe Edward Solomon Kahaya and chief Minister Enganzi Nuwa Mbaguta and their wives were baptized.
Bishop Tucker, Dr.Cook and Philip Bamulanzeki
2nd 1899 two missionaries, Bishop Tucker, Dr.Cook and Philip Bamulanzeki became the first church teachers in Mbarara.
Nuwa and Timeseo
May 1899 Two Baganda teachers Nuwa and Timeseo (converted to Christianity in 1893 in Buganda). They introduced Christianity to Ankole.