Gulu, Uganda, October 4, 2019
The Orthodox mission in Africa is among the most fruitful in the world, with mass Baptisms celebrated multiple times a year throughout the continent.
Another such joyous occasion took place recently, as 75 people were baptized into the holy Orthodox Church in the heart of Africa, in the Church of St. Nektarios about 40 miles from Gulu, Uganda, reports the Diocese of Gulu and Eastern Uganda.
“Glory be our Lord and Savior who wants all the people to come to knowledge of the true and be saved,” the diocesan report reads.
The Holy Mysteries of Baptism, Chrismation, and the Divine Liturgy were celebrated by His Grace Bishop Silvester of Gulu and Eastern Uganda. Bp. Silvester, who was just nominated to head the newly-created Diocese of Gulu in November, previously celebrated a mass Baptism in Gulu on July 23.
The service was attended by many parishioners and members of the Orthodox Missionary Brotherhood, which works throughout Africa.
There are 1.4 million Orthodox Christians in Uganda. The history of their presence in the nation can be read on the site of the Uganda Orthodox Church. A video was recently produced on the centennial of the Orthodox Church’s work in Uganda, and work on a new documentary on the mission work in the new Gulu Diocese is also underway.