About the Diocese


St John’s Cathedral Deanery evolved from St. John’s Cathedral Parish when the first Dean was appointed to Fort Portal Archdeaconry in 1986 constituting Parishes around Fort Portal town but excluding the Cathedral Parish which remained under the Bishop as the Dean. The Headquarters of the Archdeaconry were at Kamengo Parish but were moved to Kidukuru Parish in 2000.

In 2003 under Bishop Benezeri Kisembo Fort Portal Archdeaconry became St. John’s Cathedral Deanery constituting Parishes of Kitumba, Kamengo, Kidukuru, Ihani, Kagote, Mukubo, Karambi, Kaswa and St. John’s Cathedral Parish with the headquarters relocated to the Cathedral.


St. John’s Cathedral Deanery covers the political boundaries of Fort Portal Municipality and part of Busoro and Karambi Sub-counties. Its offices are at St. John’s Cathedral- Kabarole about 200 meters adjacent to Kasese Road, in Fort Portal town. It is overlooking Ruwenzori Mountain, Western Uganda about 306Kms from the Capital, Kampala.

Church Schedule

Church Services / Fellowships / Mministries
Most of the Parishes in the Deanery have Sunday services in English and Runyoro / Rutooro, and fellowship meetings. Home care (cell) fellowships take place at different times as arranged by each of the zones.,br>
The Deanery also has a number of ministries including outreach, discipleship, family life, youth and children, and environment in which Christians voluntarily participate.
St. John’s Cathedral has 4 services:

On Sundays at 7:00 a.m in English and Rutooro, 9:00am English, 11.00 a.m Rutooro, and 3,00pm healing and deliverance in Rutooro. In the course of the week there are fellowship meetings:
Monday afternoon Youths fellowship meeting.
Tuesday at 10:00am revival Brethren fellowship meeting.
Wednesday at 7:00 am Litany, and 5:00pm general fellowship.
Thursday prayer and counseling 9.00am -5.00pm, and lunch hour for those in business.
Friday 10.00am - 2.00pm renewal Brethren, and Saturday 4.00pm intercessors meeting.

The people

The majority of the people are the indigenous Batooro tribe. But there are other people from other places in and outside the country who come to work or study in Fort Portal. The main language is the local Runyoro / Rutooro dialect while English is used as a second language for a cross section of people.

Institutions of learning

St. John’s Cathedral Deanery hosts a number of government aided and private Primary and Post-Primary Schools such as Kyebambe Girls SSS and St. Leo’s College Kyegobe, tertiary institutions such as Fort Portal School of Clinical Officers, Virika School of nursing, and Fort Portal International School of Nursing, Business Colleges, as well as Mountains of the Moon and Uganda Pentecostal Universities.

Medical Services

There are two general hospitals –Virika founded by the Catholic Church and Kabarole Church of Uganda (Anglican), and the government funded- Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital and a number of smaller heath units and clinics.

Commercial activities

St. John’s Cathedral Deanery is characterized by small and large business enterprises in the heart of Fort Portal town, small agricultural activities, in the peripheral and large tea estates and factories of Rwenzori Commodities and Mpanga.
St. John’s Cathedral Deanery offers many opportunities including higher educational institutions, business in a strategically growing town of Fort Portal connecting to Kamwenge and Kasese towns, Bundibugyo - soon to connect to Democratic Republic of Congo and Kampala city. It has also potential for tourism evidenced by the good hotels and easy accessibility to Semuliki, Rwenzori Mountain, Kibale and, Queeen Elizabeth national parks, the crater lakes, and Tooro Kingdom cultural sites.

Christ’s mission

St. John’s Cathedral Deanery is active in fulfilling the great commission: preaching, teaching, baptizing, and winning many for Christ. It has ministries that reach out to children, the youth, the married and the general community. In addition to regular fellowship meetings and periodic evangelistic activities, it organizes a special week of revival, the week before holy week targeting different sections of the community such as school children, singles, the married, etc.

Places of worship

More than 80% of all the churches have been built in permanent materials.

Staff housing

While most of the daughter churches have semi-permanent houses and a few permanent) for their lay readers, all the Parish headquarters have or are building residences in permanent materials for the clergy. Construction of a modern residence for the dean is almost done.


In partnership with Compassion International, St. John’s Deanery hosts 3 centers ( Kyebambe, Kitumba, and Mukubo) for helping needy children. Other churches have small nursery school. St. John’s Cathedral embarked in 2010 on an extensive program of tree planting at Matiri in Kyenjojo District on 100 acre piece of land secured from the Diocese.


The Deanery has built and furnished offices attached to the Diocesan headquarters.

Tree planting

The Matiri project will continue until the 100 acres are finished.

Staff housing

The Deanery will continue to improve the condition of staff residences.

Places of worship

Efforts to improve the condition of the daughter churches will continue.


The other projects mentioned above are ongoing.