Kotido Diocese

Welcome to the diocese of Kotido! Find on this website information about the history of the diocese, its Apostolic Administrator, the main functions in the diocese, diocesan statistics, religious communities of men and women with their respective addresses, other institutions including seminaries, catechetical centre, hospitals and health centres, parishes, centres with resident priests, diocesan and relgious priests with their dates of ordination

The Diocese of Kotido was created on May 20th 1991, being detached from Moroto Diocese which formerly covered the whole of Karamoja Region. It now comprises the Districts of Kotido, Kaabong, and Abim, bordering Southern Sudan in the North, Moroto District in the South, Turkana Region of Kenya in the East, and Lira and Pader Districts in the West.

The first Comboni Missionaries arrived in Karamoja in 1933.  Eventually the area became part of the former Apostolic Prefecture of Gulu, entrusted to the Comboni Missionaries under the leadership of the late Mgr. Antonio Vignato mccj.  The Diocese of  Moroto was set up in 1965, again entrusted to the Comboni Missionaries, headed by Rt. Rev. Sisto Mazzoldi mccj. In 1981, Rt. Rev. Paul Kalanda succeeded Rt. Rev.Sisto Mazzoldi mccj, and in 1991 Kotido Diocese was established, with Rt.Rev.Denis Lote Kiwanuka as its first residential Bishop.
Upon the elevation of Rt.Rev. Denis Lote Kiwanuka to the metropolitan Archdiocese of Tororo as its Archbishop, Rev. Fr. Bernard Charles Phelan, ]mhm] was elected Diocesan Administrator on September 18th 2007.

On 14th May 2011 the newly built Cathedral was consecrated and dedicated to the Good Shepherd, by the former Bishop of Moroto Diocese, and emeritus of Fort Portal Diocese, His Lordship Paul Kalanda.


Bishop Giuseppe Filippi was born on the 17th March 1945 in Trento,Italy. He was ordained priest

on 26th June 1978 and appointed as missionary to Morulem community, Kotido. From the same date, he was serving as Provincial Superior of the MCCJ in Uganda when he was appointed bishop of Kotido.

On 19 December 2009, Giuseppe Filippi, MCCJ, was consecrated bishop and installed as Bishop of Kotido by His Grace Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala.

Bishop's Address
Diocese of Kotido
c/o MCCJ Mbuya Procure
P.O. Box 3872
Kampala, Uganda
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Tel: +256772 470 902, +256750 470 902


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