By Gideon Peter Ssebule

12th June 2024


The Archbishop Emeritus of Gulu His Grace John Baptist Odama has described his 25 years of service as the most challenging one due to the high level of insecurity in the area.

Being installed as the first Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Gulu in 1999 during the Lord Resistance Army LRA insurgency, Archbishop Odama reveals that the area was very insecure for evangelization which threatened his life and those entrusted to him within the region.

Speaking to Radio Sapientia, Archbishop Odama said that he would hear about abductions on a daily basis, killings, and ambushes, which traumatized him.

The archbishop further noted that convincing the two parties, the Government and the rebels was not easy but worked hard with other religious leaders to achieve peace in Northern Uganda by the grace of God.

He however pledged to continue promoting peaceful existence and dialogues among communities within and outside the Acholi Sub-region during his retirement.

Rev Fr. Mathew Okun Lagoro, one of the oldest priests in the Archdiocese of Gulu reveals that Archbishop Odama is the greatest asset for the province and Acholi Sub region at large given his active service, humility and love he offered.

Archbishop Odama officially retired on March 22, 2024, after clocking the 75-year age limit in 2022 in line with the Code of Canon Law 401 section 1.


Pope Francis appointed the Most Rev. Raphael p’Mony Wokorach as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Gulu.


The installation of the incoming Archbishop Wokorach and the imposition of the Pallium on him are set for July 12 this year at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Gulu City.


The Central Organizing Committee for his installation is however seeking 108.3 million shillings to facilitate the ceremony which is expected to attract some 5,000 people.


Wednesday 12th June 2024 09:10:53 PM