Annunciation Orthodox Church
Annunciation Orthodox Church is located on Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda. Established over 30 years ago, services and mysteries are continually offered every Saturday and Sunday. Confession is heard whenever one of the hundred parishioners seeks out the rector. The temple is built out of stone and is topped with a Russian style cupola. Father Christopher was ordained in 1988 in Montreal, Canada, the priest, Father Christopher Walusimbi quickly returned to his home in Uganda to continue the missionary work begun by his brother, Gerasimos, and sister, Sarah. Father Christopher is joined by his wife, Maria, in this sacred endeavour.
He is the first Black African priest ordained in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russa and is under the omophorion of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of ROCOR. In addition to the needs of his parish and parishioners, he cares for his wife, children, and orphans. Though his parishioners have never been able to afford a salary for Father Christopher, he and his family survive by growing their food, selling what they do not use, and the donations given to them. His wife, Presbytera Maria, sells her delicious cookies at the local market. He also runs a boating service for public transport from the island to the mainland which is located 40 miles to the north.
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