Uganda and Tanzania, February 17, 2022
According to the Russian Patriarchal Exarch for Africa, more than two dozen clerics have joined the Russian Orthodox Church in Uganda and Tanzania.
Metropolitan Leonid of Klin reports that Fr. George Maximov led a missionary group in Uganda from February 12 to 16, which visited six cities and villages, held four clergy meetings, celebrated two joint Divine Liturgies and one Baptism, visited parishes and priest’s houses, and delivered public sermons.
Hundreds of icons and crosses were distributed, as well as antimens, pectoral crosses, and Chrism for priests.
Three more priests and one deacon were accepted into the Russian Church, for a total of 10 clerics from Uganda in all, including those who had transferred before Fr. George’s visit.
In Tanzania, Fr. Andrei Novikov led a missionary group from January 31 to February 16, which visited 6 cities and villages, held seven clergy meetings, two meetings with Orthodox activists, five meetings with communities, including Russian-speaking communities, celebrated two joint Liturgies three Baptisms and molebens, visited four parishes, and delivered four public sermons for the laity.
Hundreds of icons and crosses were distributed to the laity, and antimens, Chrism, pectoral crosses, Eucharistic sets, and other liturgical utensils were given to priests.
In all, 16 clerics have joined the Russian Exarchate in Tanzania.
“Are you violating the canons? Then we’re coming to you!” Met. Leonid concludes his message about Tanzania.