By Jjunju Francis
25th Jan 2022
The New Archbishop of Kampala Most Reverend Paul Ssemogerere has with humility and humbly accepted to lead the archdiocese of Kampala the responsibility he has assumed on the day of the conversation of the St. Paul the apostle celebrated on January 25th and his patron saint.
In his first Eucharist Celebration Archbishop Ssemogerere said the conversation of St. Paul gives him guidance courage and support to take on the role which he says is full of challenge but with God’s grace and elegancy to the Holy See he will overcome.
He however says with God’s providence, intercession of the Uganda Martyrs he will be able to provide guidance and support to all.
He has thanked the Holy Father for choosing him to lead his flock in Kampala Archdiocese replacing the late Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga whom he also succeeded as Bishop of Kasana Luweero before where he has served diligently with the help of all and Christians.
Archbishop Ssemogerere acknowledged the nurturing and support he got from Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, the presence the entire congregation on his installation, the leaders from the Central government means oneness in promoting the sanctity of humanity.
Archbishop Ssemogerere has hailed the working relationship the Catholic Church continues to enjoy with the Buganda government, noting the contribution of land where most church projects are seated adding that its upon each ones responsibility to protect land or less everyone will become a wonderer.
On the general perspective the New Archbishop calls for a strong solidarity in Uganda irrespective of the all difference especially when the country is suffering the effects of Covid-19, protection of life, fight against all forms of injustices, corruption, domestic violence, unemployment and relativism all need God’s intervention.
Kampala archdiocese is blessed with diverse cultures, number of priests and religious among other things all present how God loves Kampala. Although challenges always exist given its location within the center of Uganda the Archdiocesan theme; that goes, ‘do not fear pick up your mat and go Mark 2:11, should give courage to all peoples.
The mass has been attended by Bishops from the Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Orthodox Church and clerics from the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.
Also in attendance was the Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga, Vice president of Uganda Jessica Alupo and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, Members of Parliament, leaders of Political parties among others.