Vice President Jessica Alupo and the parishioners of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Katakwi gathered to bid farewell to their beloved missionary, Rev. Fr. Remi Nyengere. Having served as the Dean of Katakwi Deanery and Parish Priest of St. Stephen Catholic Parish for nine years, Nyengere has left an indelible mark on the community.
The emotional farewell took place during a thanksgiving mass organized by the parishioners at St. Stephen’s Secondary School. Rev. Fr. Remi Nyengere, who has been an integral part of the community, was showered with gifts and expressions of gratitude by the catechists and Christians.
Vice President Jessica Alupo, speaking during the mass, expressed her appreciation for Nyengere’s close relationship, dedication, and diligent service to the Christians of St. Stephen Catholic Parish. She acknowledged the sadness associated with his departure and commended the outgoing priest for his visits to both Katakwi town council and villages, building sacraments and fostering connections.
As Nyengere bids farewell to Katakwi, he has been replaced by Rev. Fr. Olivier Wayesu, who will continue the priestly duties in the region. Nyengere’s new assignment is in Arusha, Tanzania.
During her address, Vice President Alupo welcomed the incoming parish priest, Rev. Fr. Olivier Wayesu, assuring him of the same support and cooperation they provided to Nyengere in terms of administration and church programs.
Vice President Alupo also underscored the positive relationship between the government and the church, expressing gratitude for the unity demonstrated among religious institutions. She emphasized that the government will continue to collaborate closely with religious institutions and leaders nationwide.
As a gesture of appreciation, Vice President Alupo presented a cow to Nyengere, symbolizing gratitude and goodwill. She expressed her thanks to Superior General Vicent Lubega for his role in promoting unity among religious institutions and spreading the word of God worldwide.
In his heartfelt farewell speech, Fr. Nyengere thanked the vice president and the Christians for their overwhelming support during his time in Katakwi. He expressed the difficulty in saying goodbye to Katakwi but promised to keep the community close to his heart, pledging to be an ambassador for Katakwi in Tanzania.
The incoming Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Olivier Wayesu, acknowledged Nyengere’s contributions to the spiritual, social, and economic development of St. Stephen’s parish. He promised to continue the good work initiated by his predecessor.
Superior Lubega extended his best wishes to both outgoing and incoming priests, appreciating Vice President Alupo’s friendship with the church. He urged Christians to support the priests in their new endeavors, fostering a sense of community and spiritual growth.