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Metropolitan Jeronymos of Mwanza

Metropolitan Jeronymos with Children

Born in Bulopa Busoga, Uganda on March 18, 1962 into an Orthodox family, Jeronymos Muzeeyi was raised within the loving arms of the Church. Yet surrounding him was the political chaos and bloodshed of the Idi Amin regime. Jeronymos attended Kasaka Primary School, Chwa II Memorial College and Kololo Senior Secondary School. He was very close to Metropolitan Theodoros (Nankyamas) of Uganda and stayed at the Mission Center in Namungona for seven years where he learned the Orthodox way of life as a young teen.

Jeronymos's dedication, his quiet demeanor and spiritual depth were obvious to all and he was sent by Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos, now the Archbishop of Albania, to study at the School of Theology of the University of Athens in Greece. Jeronymos graduated in 1996 with a B.Th. degree and then continued further studies in canon law. He was ordained to the diaconate on July 1, 1995 by His Grace, Bishop Theodoros Kyrineos, now the Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, and then to the priesthood on February 1, 1996 by Metropolitan Iakovos of Argos. He returned to Uganda where he served as the Vicar General of Kampala for a year and then was assigned to serve as Vicar General of the Diocese of Bukoba in Tanzania, 1997-1999.

Metropolitan Jeronymos ordaining a new priest
Metropolitan Jeronymos ordaining a new priest

Elevated to the office of Bishop to serve the newly established Diocese of Bukoba on December 11, 1999 by the late Patriarch Petros of Alexandria, Bishop Jeronymos has worked hard to grow the Orthodox Church in Tanzania. New churches continue to be built, a seminary has been established and regular youth and women's seminars enrich the faith of the new believers. Through this strengthening of their faith, people then reach out to bring others into the life of the Church. Fluent in Greek, English, Swahili, Kiganda and Kisogha, Bishop Jeronymos has been successful in building bridges with Orthodox Christians from all over the world.

In recognition of his pastoral and missionary work, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria elevated Bishop Jeronymos to the rank of Metropolitan of Mwanza on November 23, 2007.

Metropolitan Jeronymos at the Bukoba Diocese Center overlooking Lake Victoria
Metropolitan Jeronymos at the Bukoba Diocese Center overlooking Lake Victoria