Emmanuel Kamanya is from Eastern Uganda (Busoga). He is a son of Fr. Stephen Lunagula, an Orthodox priest of the Holy Diocese of Kampala. He was baptized and taught the Orthodox faith since he was a toddler. In a world of increasing enmity towards the Christian faith, where however more and more people yearn and seek to be baptized Orthodox Christians and paradoxically the number of unbelievers decreases globally, Emmanuel responded positively and wholeheartedly to the call of the Patriach of Alexandria and studied in St. Athanasios Orthodox Patriarchal school of Alexandria, with an aim of dedicating himself to the Mission work in Africa.
In 2010, he came to Thessaloniki to continue his studies at Aristotle University, in the school of social and pastoral Theolofy. Here we met him, recognized and appreciated his good quality of character and since then we have supported him through the program of educational grants.
On April 23, the feast day of St. George, during the Divine Liturgy in St. George church in Neapolis, Thessaloniki, Emmanuel is set to receive the first rank of priesthood as a deacon from the hands of Metropolitan Barnabas of Neapolis, with the blessings and prayers of Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria and all Africa.
We are very happy, since for one more time a grantee student of our Fraternity is to become a deacon and later a priest of the Holy God and soon, after his studies, he will return to Uganda to join the missionary team of the Orthodox church. We wish him all the best, all God’s blessings, so that thousands of souls in the African continent will become Orthodox Christians and receive the Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ by his hands.
We invite you all to come to this big feast of the Mission!
Orthodox Missionary Fraternity