Catholics Gear Up For Consecration Of New Hoima Bishop

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Emanuel Kiiza Aliba, the Chairperson organising committee, says all is being done to have a colorful ceremony.

 
Preparations are in top gear in Hoima for the consecration and installation of Vincent Kirabo, the new catholic Bishop. Kirabo was appointed bishop in November last year to replace Bishop Deogratius Byabazaire who died two years ago.
 
 
His consecration is scheduled for February 28th at Bujumbura cathedral in Hoima Municipality. Emanuel Kiiza Aliba, the Chairperson organising committee, says all is being done to have a colorful ceremony.
 
 
He says they have launched a drive to raise Shillings 200million needed for the function. The church expects to collect the funds from contributions from Christians, well-wishers and promotions.
 

Aliba refers to the function as a historic one in that it will be the first time the diocese consecrates and installs a new Bishop at the same time. Aliba reveals that none of Kirabo's predecessors was consecrated and installed there and then.
 

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Hoima Catholic Diocese was created in 1965. Kirabo is the 4th Bishop of the diocese, which covers Hoima, Masindi, Kibaale, Kiryandongo and Buliisa districts.
 
 
The Pioneer Bishop was the Late Bishop Cyprian Kihangire, then Dr. Albert Edward Baharagate and Dr. Deogratius Byabazaire.
 
Father Johnmary Busobozi, the Communications officer Hoima Catholic Diocese, says all proceedings will be done on the outside alter, which is under construction for the congregation to clearly watch and follow the proceedings.


 
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The President of Uganda will be chief guest at the function. Bishop Kirabo's consecration and installation bridges a six year period the diocese has taken without an ordained bishop.
 
 
Lambert Bainomugisha, the auxiliary bishop of Mbarara Archdiocese has been caretaker bishop for Hoima catholic diocese since 2009, when Bishop Byabazaire fell ill.
 

The Bishop elect has been a professor at St Mary's National Major Seminary Ggaba. He was ordained priest in 1979. 65-year- old Kirabo hails from Kahunde in Kibaale district.