“The moment you are ordained, just know that there will be a time for retirement. If you do not plan for your retirement, do not blame the church saying it did not care for you,”
The outgoing Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, has told the clergy to prepare for retirement early.
"The moment you are ordained, just know that there will be a time for retirement. If you do not plan for your retirement, do not blame the church saying it did not care for you," Ntangali said.
Ntagali made these remarks during a luncheon at Robert Ssekidde's home at Kisugu in Kampala on Sunday. Ssekidde is the head of laity Kampala Diocese.
This was shortly after Ntagali bid farewell to the Christian fellowship of Stephen's Kisugu church of Uganda ahead of his retirement scheduled for March 1, 2020.
The Mityana Diocese, bishop, Stephene Samuel Kaziimba, will replace him as the 9th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda. Ntangali disclosed that he was retiring a happy man with a beautiful retirement home in Kikuube district.
The archbishop appreciated the church for training him and granting him the opportunity to serve God. "As I retire with my wife, goodness and mercy will follow us wherever we go because we have enjoyed the fullness of God's cover," he said.
Ntangali further prayed for the congregation saying, "My brothers, my sisters, I commit you to God who will sustain you in the tough times and bless you."
He encouraged them never to forget God adding that many people have been misled to run after other things forgetting God which has landed them in more troubles.
The Vicar of St. Stephen's Kisugu Church of Uganda, Rev.Fredrick Balwa, said Ntagali has contributed a lot to the church and above all standing firm despite all the challenges in the ministry.
"His time as archbishop has been a time of harmony for the church. He has been able to challenge even the politicians to do the right things for this country," he said. Balwa added; "He has been an example and we are very grateful to him because as Kisugu, we have benefited in working with him and we wish him the best in retirement. We are looking forward to receiving the new archbishop."
Ntangali was accompanied by his wife, Beatrice Ntagali who also confirmed 82 children into the Anglican faith.