Paul Ssemogerere, Kasana Luwero Bishop, has been assigned to oversee the duties of late Kampala Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
Pope Francis has appointed the Kasana Luwero Bishop, Paul Ssemogerere to oversee the duties of the late Kampala Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
The postmortem report indicated Lwanga succumbed to heart disease. He was buried in the Rubaga Cathedral Church on Thursday.
During his final requiem mass, however, a Pope’s representative to Uganda, (Papal Nuncio) Archbishop Bianco Luigi read that Bishop Paul Ssemogerere will serve in the late’s position until a substantive Archbishop is appointed.
As part of his very message, he consoled the Catholic Church not only in Uganda but the world over for losing a committed servant of God.
About Bishop Ssemwogerere
Bishop Ssemwogerere comes from the Kasana-Luweero diocese where Archbishop Lwanga first served before he was appointed the third Kampala Archdiocese.
Born on 30 June 1956 at Kisubi in Wakiso district, Paul Ssemogerere attended Kigero primary school before joining Kisubi boys primary school.
He later joined St. Maria Goretti Senior Secondary School Katende in Wakiso district for his 0-level and in 1976, he became one of the pioneer students at St Mbaaga Seminary at Ggaba.
In 1978, he was sent by Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga to the Saint Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States, where he graduated with a Masters degree in Divinity.
On 21 November 1981, he was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Rembert George Weakland, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
He was ordained a priest in 1983 and served as a priest in the Kampala Archdiocese until 2008 when he was appointed Bishop.
Later that year, he was consecrated as bishop for Kasana-Luweero by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga a position he has been holding since.
Following his immediate death, many people have come out to cite how important a leader he was with one of them being President Museveni.
In a eulogizing speech this week, he said the Archbishop deserves national recognition for being such a distinguished church leader.
“I ordered this official mourning for our brother the late Lwanga because he has been an Archbishop yet we do not have many of those. They are only four for the catholic church; North (Archbishop John Baptist Odama, East (Emmanuel Obbo), West (Lambert Bainomugisha) and Kampala where Lwanga has been,” Museveni said.
“There are many members who fall in those archbishop structures, as part of building your national culture it is not only to honour the political and traditional leaders, of course not all church leaders are national leaders but an archbishop is one,” he added.