After 29 Years of service, Rev. Emmanuel Kishato Officially Retires

Mabira: 21st January was a memorable day in Karagwe Diocese where hundreds of people including relatives, friends, colleagues and well wishers gathered from different parishes, congregations to join and congratulate Rev. Emmanuel Kahangwa Kishato during his official retirement ceremony. Rev. Kishato was born on 24/12/1956, in the village of Kiziba-Kashasha, Misenyi district. He is blessed with six children, and 8 grandchildren. His pastoral journey began in 1988 when he was ordained as pastor by the Late Bishop Paul Mukuta at Kayungu parish of Bweranyange church district. He has served in Karagwe Diocese for 29 years as a pastor in various places including parishes of Bisheshe, Nyamilembe, Kituntu, Rwabwere and Kishanda. The wonderful ceremony was led by Bishop Dr. Benson Bagonza of Karagwe Diocese together with pastors from Mabira church district.

Delivering a sermon from John 15:13-17,” Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you….” Bishop Bagonza mentioned that the basis for pastoral service is that when we enter, we become friends of Jesus who called us and sent us into the field. He therefore urged Rev. Kishato to continue loving and protecting the church.
“Rev. Emmanuel Kishato, You have become one of our heroes in Karagwe Diocese since it began. When you retire today, with a smile and humility, beware of the following; avoid demolishing the church you have built for a long time, disregarding the work of the Lord, wrapping the seeds you planted in the Lord's field, dressing the church a church crown of thorns instead of a crown of glory and misleading teachings you swore to protect when ordained as a pastor”, insisted Bishop Bagonza.

On behalf of the Executive council of Karagwe Diocese, Rev. Anicet Maganya who is the general Secretary of Karagwe Diocese congratulated Rev. Kishato for the good work he has done, as he has
The General Secretary of Karagwe Diocese
shown love, self-sacrifice and has always been responsible for work resolutions.

The sermon was preceded with joyful songs, wonderful congratulation messages, but also gifts from all well wishers. Rev. Kishato thanked everyone who was part of his pastoral journey
and service in Karagwe Diocese. He also assured that though he has officially retired, he will still collaborate together with the church to provide any spiritual support needed.
He retires from office but doesn’t retire from being pastor.

Text: Linda Mambo