St. Peter’s Cathedral Nyakatare is the centre of Mission and Evangelism of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Kinkiizi, being the 1st church in Kinkiizi and where the diocesan office sits. It started as a native Anglican Church (N.A.C) under the then Mbarara Parish/deanery in the year 1915. In 1935, Kinkiizi (Nyakatare) became a parish, a deanery in 1962, and in 1977 it was upgraded to an Archdeaconry status. In 1993 Rev. Can. John Ntegyereize became an Archdeacon and Coordinator preparing for the birth of the Diocese of Kinkiizi.
According to the Church census data collected in 2014, St. Peters’ Cathedral has a total population of 1400 people (Adults and Children) who are mainly of Bakiga tribe. The major economic activity in the area is subsistence farming. Food crops grown in the area are Bananas, Sweet potatoes, Beans and fruits. Tea growing is the main cash crop in the area.
Four parishes of; St.Peter’s Cathedral Nyakatare, Kajugangoma, Kihanda and Kangarame form the Cathedral Chapter. Currently, the Cathedral is served by the Sub Dean; Rev. Caleb Turyabagyenyi Bitindi, a Curate; Rev. Godwin Akamwesiga and a Lay Reader; Mr. Charles Kwizeera. Past ministers who served since 1935 when Nyakatare became a parish are listed below;
|1. Daudi Ikuratiire (RIP)||Ag. Pastor||1935 – 1945|
|2. Rev. Eliya Ndyanabo (RIP)||Parish Priest||1946 – 1948|
|3. Rev. Kezironi Mutanga (RIP)||Parish Priest||1949 – 1950|
|4. Shedrack Kinanga (RIP)||Ag. Pastor||1951 – 1961|
|5. Rev. Can. Erinest Rutagarukayo (RIP)||Rural Dean||1962 – 1976|
|6. Rev. Fred Mugyenga (RIP)||Archdeacon||1977 – 1978|
|7. Rev. Can. Kosiya Banyenzaki (RIP)||Archdeacon||1979 – 1982|
|8. Rev. Can. Ernest Nshakira (RIP)||Archdeacon||1983 – 1985|
|9. Rev. Can. John Kilimaani (RIP)||Archdeacon||1986 – 1989|
|10. Rev. Can. David Keesiga||Archdeacon||1990 – 1992|
|11. Rev. Can. John Wilson Ntegyereize||Archdeacon||1993 – 1995|
|12. Rev. Can. Geoffrey Izooba||Dean||1996 – 1999|
|13. Rev. Can. Nathan Turyahikayo||Sub dean||2000 – 2004|
|14. Rev. Can. Enos Komunda (RIP)||Dean||2005 – 2010|
|15. Rev. Can. Benon Nkwasiibwe||Sub dean||2011 – 2013|
|16. Rev. Can. Patrick Habaasa||Dean||2014 – 2017|
|17. Rev.Can.Kenneth Kanyankole||Dean||2018|
|18. Rev.Caleb Turyabagyenyi||Sub dean||2019|
St. Peters’ Cathedral perfects her Ministry following the Diocesan Mission statement; “to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, demonstrating the love of God through practical services in ways that are relevant to all people’s needs so that they can enjoy God’s total liberation”.
There are two main weekly eventful days in the cathedral;
Every Friday; From 9:00am – 4:00p.m; Fasting, Prayer and Witness for Christ.
From 5:00p.m – 6:00p.m Bible study class
Every Sunday; 8:00a.m – 10:00a.m; English Service
10:00a.m – 1:00p.m – Vernacular service.
Other services delivered include; Evangelism, Pastoral ministry, Fellowships, Guidance & Counseling, Children & Youth ministry, Women & Men ministry and Income Generating Activities (Tea & housing)
Lack of staff quarters and transport means pose a big challenge for the cathedral and these hinder Cathedral staff from perfecting the work of God in the vast catchment area of around 10Km2, especially the day – today Pastoral ministry. The few available staff accommodation needs renovation as they are all dilapidated.