HICGI News Agency – Updated at 0518 EAT on Tuesday 25th January 22
LUWERO- The Kampala Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere has appealed to Christians in Kasana-Luweero to remain prayerful and support the team of priests at the diocese as they wait for the Papal pronouncement on the new bishop as he relocates to the Archdiocese seat at Rubaga in Kampala City.
The Archbishop who officially takes office today Tuesday while conducting his last sermon as bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese at in Luweero Town on Sunday, said he was not leaving behind a vacuum as he moves to the seat of Kampala Archdiocese because the Church has an established structure in place.
“We need to remain calm and wait for the Papal pronouncement about our next bishop as Christians at Kasana- Luweero Diocese. It is not true that this is my last appearance for a service at Kasana- Luweero Diocese. The difference will be that I will not be the bishop of the diocese,” he said as he bed farewell to the Christians at the Cathedral on Sunday.
Early life and education
Ssemogerere was born on 30 June 1956 at Kisubi, in present-day Wakiso District in the Buganda Region of Uganda. This location is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala.
He attended Kigero Primary School before transferring to Kisubi Boys Primary School. He then studied at St. Maria Goretti Senior Secondary School Katende, where he completed his O-Level studies. In 1976, Ssemogerere and seven other young men became pioneer students at St Mbaaga Seminary at Ggaba. This was the first class of this seminary, which specializes in admitting men to train as priests when they are older than usual, and without attending minor seminary.
In 1978, the late Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga sent Ssemogerere to the Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1982. 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 on 3 June 1983 at Kampala, by Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga, Archbishop of Kampala. He served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, until 4 June 2008.
He was appointed bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kasana-Luweero, on 4 June 2008. He was consecrated as bishop on 23 August 2008 at Kasana-Luweero by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Cardinal-Priest of Sant’Ugo, and Cardinal Emeritus of Kampala and Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, Titular Archbishop of Amantia and Papal Nuncio to Uganda at that time. On Thursday 8 April 2021, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kampala archdiocese by Pope Francis after the sudden death of Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who was the Archbishop of Kampala. Ssemogerere was elevated to Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese by Pope Francis on Thursday 9 December 2021.