Hoima Diocese

Welcome to Hoima Catholic Diocese. Find on this website information about the history of the diocese, its bishops (the Ordinary, and his Auxiliary), 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

HISTORY

The Diocese of Hoima, whose evangelization was spearheaded by the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), was erected on 9th August 1965, being made up of areas cut from the then Fort Portal Diocese and Lubaga Archdiocese. It started with 7 Parishes, there are now 36. The first Bishop was Rt. Rev. Cyprian Dr. Kihangire who later became the first African Bishop of Gulu and died on 1st November 1990. Rt. Rev. Albert Edward Dr. Baharagate succeeded him on 5th October 1969. He retired on 9th March 1991. The present Bishop, His Lordship Dr. Deogratias Muganwa Byabazaire is the third in succession. Hoima Diocese comprises four districts of Bunyoro: Hoima, Masindi, Kibaale and Buliisa. It is a suffragan of Ecclesiastical Province of Mbarara Archdiocese. About 25% of the entire population are settlers and refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, the Sudan, and other national ethnic groups. Its Patron Saints are: St. Joseph Protector of the Church and St. Andrea Kaahwa.

BISHOPS

Rt.Rev. Vincent Kirabo

He was born on October 1st, 1955. After primary school in Kahunde and secondary school at St. John Bosco Minor Seminary, Hoima, he began philosophical studies at the Uganda Martyrs’ NationalMajor Seminary Aloculum in Gulu. After having completed theological studies at St. Mary’s National Seminary in Ggaba, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Hoima on 9th September 1979.

Bishop Kirabo has served as teacher at St. John Bosco Minor Seminary, Hoima (1979-1988), Director of the Diocesan Commission for Vocations (1985-1988), Vicar at Muhorro Parish (1990), Rector of S. John Bosco Minor Seminary in Hoima (1991-1992), Diocesan Financial Administrator (1992-1997), Parish Priest of Buseesa Parish (1998-2003),Parish Priest of Katulikire Parish (2007-2008), Professor and Financial Administrator of Uganda Martyrs’ National Major Seminary Alokuum (2008-2012), Professor at St. Mary’s National Major Seminary Ggaba .

Bishop-elect Kirabo holds a Masters in Education from the Universityof Portland, USA (1990) and a Licentiate in Biblical Theology from the Urban University in Rome (2007).

 

 

Rt. Rev. Albert Edward Dr. Baharagate

Bishop Emeritus of Hoima. Born at Nyamigisa, Masindi, on 25th February 1930, was ordained Priest at Nyamigisa Parish, Masindi, on 7th December 1958. Ordained Bishop on 1st August 1969. Installed Bishop of Hoima on 5th October 1969 and retired on 9th March 1991.

 

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