On February 13, the first Liturgy was served at the antimension of the African Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church in Uganda. It was served jointly by Priest Georgy Maksimov and Priest David Lakvo in the parish of St. Michael the Archangel in the village of Obvola, not far from the city of Gulu (Northern Uganda), Patriarchal Exarch of Africa Metropolitan Leonid of Klin said in his Telegram channel.
“After in November 2019, Fr. David signed a letter from African priests who disagreed with the decision of Patriarch Theodore to recognize the Ukrainian schismatics, he was expelled by the bishop from his church, but the faithful followed him and are now gathering for prayer under the shade of a large tree.
The liturgy was celebrated in the Acholi language, the names of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Exarch of Africa Metropolitan Leonid of Klin were raised. After the service, members of the parish council warmly welcomed the guest from Russia and expressed their joy on the occasion of the establishment of the African Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church. In turn, Priest George delivered a sermon and distributed icons and crosses to the faithful. Then a joint meal was held, the youth was shown a performance introducing the culture of the Acholi people. Later, Priest George and Priest David discussed ways of developing Orthodox life in this region,” wrote Metropolitan Leonid.