Welcome by the Chairman of Uganda Episcopal Conference -His Grace John Baptist Odama
Welcome to the official website of the Catholic Church in Uganda. You will find on this website information about different dioceses in Uganda (parishes, religious communities, priests, institutions, etc.), the different commissions, institutions, and departments of the Catholic Secretariat, as well as important links to the Church universal and its organs. You can also read about the recent publications and press releases of the Uganda Episcopal Conference.
The Uganda Episcopal Conference is the Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy in Uganda, constituted with the approval of the Holy See, through which bishops express their collegial responsibility through collective action, to assure the progress of the Church and coordination of its social and pastoral ministry. It is headed by a Chairman elected every four years. He is assisted by an Executive Board, also chosen every four years, composed of six Chairmen of various Commissions.The Episcopal Conference of Uganda was founded in 1960.
On 11th June,2010, during their Annual Plenary, members of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, elected His Grace Rev. John Baptist Odama [above] and Rt. Rev. Joseph Antony Zziwa [below] as new Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.
Episcopal Latest News
REV. Fr. Damiano Giulio Guzzetti, MCCJ
On 20 February 2014, Pope Francis appoints REV. Fr. Damiano Giulio Guzzetti, MCCJ, an Italian Comboni missionary, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Moroto. The Holy Father has accepted the retirement of his lordship Rt. Rev. Henry Ssentongo.
Fr. Guzzetti has been a missionary for many years in the Diocese of Moroto and speaks frequently Ngakarimojong.
1994-2009: Curate in Namalu parish and later on parish and later on Parish priest of Matany parish in the diocese of Moroto
1999-2002: member of the provincial council of the Comboni missionaries in Uganda
2009-2013: Formatter of Postulant House of formation of Comboni Missionaries in Uganda
2009-2013: Treasurer and professor of Queen of Apostles philosophy central Jinja Uganda
2013-2014: Treasurer of Comboni Missionaries community in Venegono Italy
Electronic News Bulletin for the month of October 2013
We are glad to inform you that in order to improve information flow and news sharing in the Catholic Church in Uganda, the Social Communications Commission of Uganda Episcopal Conference has established an electronic news bulletin called New Contact. Please feel free to DOWNLOAD your copy today send copies of this publication to any body who may be interested.
His Lordship Emmanuel Obbo appointed
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Denis Kiwanuka of Tororo, and appointed His Lordship Emmanuel Obbo (who has been the bishop of Soroti) to become the new Archbishop of Tororo.
Great Gathering of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Family International Conference to be held in Uganda from 30th June to 12th July 2014
The International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) in collaboration with the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) herewith announce:
1. An International Leaders Conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo from 30th June to 4th July 2014.
2. A pilgrimage to the Uganda Martyrs Shrine in Munyonyo and Namugongo on 5th July 2014.
3. Service to the poor, a tour of Queen Elizabeth National Park and a spiritual Public Rally in Mbarara Archdiocese from 6th to 12th July (Optional)
We will have a special workshop for the Youth Leaders in CCR and a special track for priests.
Pope Francis pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday paid tribute to Nelson Mandela expressing his hope that the late President's example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and common good at the forefront of their political aspirations.
The Pope's words came in a telegramme of condolences that he sent to the South African President, Jacob Zuma.
Please find below the full text of the telegramme:
It was with sadness that I learned of the death of former President Nelson Mandela, and I send prayerful condolences to all the Mandela family, to the members of the Government and to all the people of South Africa. In commending the soul of the deceased to the infinite mercy of Almighty God, I ask the Lord to console and strengthen all who mourn his loss. Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation’s citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late President’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations. With these sentiments, I invoke upon all the people of South Africa divine gifts of peace and prosperity.
MALAWI: The Holy Father Appoints a New Bishop for Mangochi Diocese
the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Malawi is pleased to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rt. Rev. Montfort Stima, hitherto Auxiliary Bishop of Blantyre, to be the ordinary of Mangochi Diocese.
The Rt. Rev. Montfort Stima, is currently the Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese of Blantyre where he will remain in charge of the Archdiocese until Rt. Rev. Thomas Msusa takes possession of the Archdiocese of Blantyre.
Rt. Rev. Montfort Stima hails from Khomera Village, TA Dambe, Mwanza, Neno. He was born on 27th December 1957; ordained a priest on 3rd August 1986 at Limbe Cathedral; appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Blantyre on 24 January 2010.
17th ICASA CONFERENCE 2013.THE BIGGEST AIDS CONFERENCE IN AFRICA.10 000 DELEGATES EXPECTED FROM THE COMMUNITY VILLAGE
The Conference theme “Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero” is derived from the UNAIDS’ vision of
The 17th ICASA is an opportunity to renew this global commitment by drawing the world’s attention to the fact that the legacy is now under threat as a result of the global economic downturn. This year’s ICASA is an opportunity for the international community, and all Africans, to join efforts in committing to achieving an AIDS-free Africa. Given the urgency of the issue we are anticipating 7 000 -10 000 of the world’s leading scientists,policy makers, activists, PLHIV, government leaders – as well as a number of heads of state and civil society representatives – will be joining the debate on how to achieve this vision.
The conference will be chaired by Professor Robert Soudre, the President of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) and co-chaired by Professor Ian Sanne, the CEO of Right Care and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to promote inter-sectoral achievements in the AIDS response and to strengthen the partnership among governments, civil society, and development partners.
The objectives of ICASA 2013 are to:
• Serve as an advocacy platform to mobilise African leaders, partners and the community to
Pope issues first Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium:
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation on Tuesday, Evangelii Gaudium, translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel. The 224-page document outlines the Pope’s vision for a missionary Church, whose “doors should always be open”. The Pope speaks on numerous themes, including evangelization, peace, homiletics, social justice, the family, respect for creation, faith and politics, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and the role of women and of the laity in the Church.
The Joy of the Gospel is the title Pope Francis has chosen for this first major document of his pontificate, putting down in print the joyous spirit of encounter with Christ that characterizes every public appearance he has made so far. The man who has constantly kept the media’s attention with his desire to embrace and share his faith with everyone he meets, now urges us to do exactly the same. To “recover the original freshness of the Gospel”, as he puts it, through a thorough renewal of the Church’s structures and vision. Including what he calls “a conversion of the papacy” to make it better able to serve the mission of evangelization in the modern world. The Church, he says, should not be afraid to re-examine “customs not directly connected to the heart of the Gospel” even if they may have deep historical roots.
This is to officially inform you that SECAM has new Officers as stated below
SECAM’s 16th Plenary Assembly concluded with the celebration of Holy Eucharist at the Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa. SECAM’s Organizing Committee thanked the Government of the DR Congo for all the support in preparations of the plenary.
The bishops elected as new office bearers for SECAM include:
President: H.G. Archbishop Gabriel MBILINGI, Archbishop of Lubango, Angola.
Other new office bearers include:
General Secretary: Rev. Fr. Joseph KOMAKOMA, Zambia.
Pope Francis announces Krakow in Poland
Pope Francis announces Krakow in Poland as the host for the next World Youth