Henry Luke Orombi

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Henry Luke Orombi
Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala
ChurchChurch of Uganda
Installed24 January 2004
Term ended16 December 2012
PredecessorLivingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo
SuccessorStanley Ntagali
Other posts
  • Bishop of Nebbi (1993–2003)
  • Archdeacon of Nebbi (1987–1993)
Ordination1979 (priest)
Consecrationc. 1993
Personal details
Born (1949-10-11) 11 October 1949 (age 70)
Phoebe Orombi (m. 1972)
Alma mater

Henry Luke Orombi (born 11 October 1949) is a Ugandan Anglican bishop. He served as Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala from 2004 until his retirement in December 2012, two years earlier than expected.[2] He was succeeded as Archbishop by Stanley Ntagali, who was consecrated in December 2012.[3] Orombi served as Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, which is the fixed episcopal see of the Archbishop, but unlike many other fixed metropolitical sees, the incumbent is not officially known as "Archbishop of Kampala", but bears the longer compound title "Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala".


Orombi was educated at Bishop Tucker Theological College, which today is known as Uganda Christian University, in Mukono, Uganda, where he received a Diploma in Theology, and St John's College, Nottingham, in England, where he attained a Bachelor of Divinity degree. Before becoming Archbishop, he was Diocesan Youth Officer in Moyo District and Adjumani District in West Nile sub-region from 1979 until 1986. He then served as Archdeacon at Goli in Nebbi District from 1987 until 1993. From 1993 until 2003, he served as the Bishop of Nebbi Diocese.


He has become an influential leader of the Global South during the recent discussions within the Anglican Communion.[citation needed] Together with the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda, Archbishop Orombi consecrated an American priest as a bishop to provide ecclesiastical oversight to the American congregations under the Church of Uganda.[4] The Church of Uganda transferred all its American clergy and congregations to the Anglican Church in North America in June 2009. Orombi, the Church of Uganda, and their American clergy and congregations oppose decisions made by the governing bodies of the Episcopal Church.[5]

His views[edit]

Anglicans entering the Roman Catholic Church

In October 2009, he responded to the Vatican's proposed creation of personal ordinariates for disaffected traditionalist Anglicans by saying that the current GAFCON structures already meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of traditionalist Anglicans in Africa.[6]

Homosexuality in Africa[edit]

The Church of Uganda has opposed the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill because of the imposition of the death penalty. The Church of Uganda supported a later version of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that only had a life imprisonment as punishment.[7] Archbishop Orombi and the House of Bishops resolved in August 2008, that "The Church of Uganda is committed at all levels to offer counseling, healing and prayer for people with homosexual disorientation, especially in our schools and other institutions of learning. The Church is a safe place for individuals, who are confused about their sexuality or struggling with sexual brokenness, to seek help and healing."[8]


  1. ^ Miria, Sidney (9 July 2003). "Nebbi's gift to the Church". New Vision. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ Orombi, Henry Luke (11 January 2012). "Archbishop's Press Statement On His Retirement". Church of Uganda. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  3. ^ Ephraim Kasozi, and Sarah Tumwebaze (23 June 2012). "Ntagali Is New Church of Uganda Archbishop". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  4. ^ Baguma, Raymond (2 September 2007). "Gay Row: Uganda Consecrates American Bishop". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  5. ^ Higgins, Andrew (20 September 2007). "Episcopal Church Dissidents Seek Authority Overseas". Online Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  6. ^ Mulondo, Moses (22 October 2009). "Pope's Offer Not Vital for Africa - Orombi". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  7. ^ Sarmiento, Simon (11 February 2010). "Church of Uganda statement on anti homosexuality bill". Thinking Anglicans.
  8. ^ Daily Monitor Staff, . (2008). "Anglicans Say No To Gays Bill". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 13 March 2015.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo
as Archbishop
Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala
as Archbishop

24 January 2004 – 16 December 2012
Title next held by
Stanley Ntagali
as Archbishop