History of the Diocese of Kajo-Keji

Church in Romogi (Kajo-Keji) 1940

The Diocese was established in 1986 following a decision of the House of Bishops meeting held in 1985 in Juba. Thereafter, Bishop Manasseh Dawidi was appointed to lead the Diocese as the first bishop. However, he was not able to relocate to the Diocese due to the civil war.

Between 1986 and 2005, we faced many challenges, and had communication difficulties with the rest of the Anglican Communion. When the CPA was signed in 2005 many Christians returned home to the Diocese and in 2007 the new Bishop, Rt. Rev. Anthony Poggo, was elected and enthroned as Bishop of Kajo-Keji.

During this period up to this date the Diocese is experiencing rapid developments spiritually and holistically. The Diocese has eight Archdeaconries, sixteen Deaneries, fifty seven Parishes; five sub Parishes and more than one hundred Preaching Centres.

On 15 January 2017, Bishop Emmanuel Murye Modi was consecrated and entroned as the New Bishop of the Diocese of Kajo-Keji in the Anglican Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSS&S). This followed an appointment of Bishop Anthony Poggo as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Adviser on Anglican Communion Affairs. 

In the same month, shortly after the enthronement (January 2017), clashes took place in Kajo-Keji forcing many families to vacate their homes, land and run for safety in refugee camps in Uganda. Due to this political instability, Our Diocese was also forced to close doors in Romogi and relocate to Moyo in Uganda to find ways in which we can still minister to our flock. Thanks to the welcome offered by the Diocese of Madi and West Nile. Both the Diocese and the College have been enabled to find new temporary accomodation in Moyo, in Northern Uganda.

We are looking forward to returning back to Kajo-Keji. It is our prayer and hope that peace returns soon so that we resume the work of the Lord in Kajo-keji and South Sudan at large. 

Cathedral at Romogi was launched in 2011