Deacon Simon Menya ordained for Orthodox Church in Uganda

Pradeep Hatcher

Alumnus Deacon Simon Menya (’18) was ordained to the holy priesthood Wednesday, July 31, 2019, by the hand of His Grace, Silverstros Kistu Maximos, bishop of the Ugandan Orthodox Church’s Diocese of Gulu and Eastern Uganda. His Eminence, Metropolitan Innocentios of Rwanda and Burundi also participated in the service.

Following the ordination at St. Lavrentios Orthodox Cathedral in the city of Gulu, the newly-ordained Priest Simon has been assigned to assist at three parishes in Uganda: St. Lavrentios, Archangel Michael, and St. Basil.

Father Simon served as headmaster of Archangel Michael’s Orthodox Secondary School in Lapainate village—the only Orthodox church school in the northern region of Uganda—before enrolling in St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s Master of Divinity (D.Min.) program in 2015.  In doing so, he became the first person from the nine churches in Northern Uganda to study abroad.

The community of St. Vladimir’s Seminary prayerfully wishes Fr. Simon and his family many years!

(Photos: Orthodox Diocese of Gulu and Eastern Uganda)