Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mbarara
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mbarara (Archidioecesis Mbararaensis) in Uganda covers an area of 10,980 km² in southwestern Uganda. As of 2003, of the 2.2 million citizens in the area 856,168 are members of the Catholic Church. The archdiocese is subdivided into 25 parishes, and has 114 priests altogether. The archdiocese is the metropolitan for the dioceses of:
The cathedral is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Mbarara.
The archdiocese dates back to the Vicariate Apostolic of Ruwenzori, which was erected on May 28, 1934 by splitting the Vicariate Apostolic of Uganda. On March 25, 1953 it was elevated to a diocese and renamed after its principal town Mbarara. 1961 territory was lost to the newly erected diocese of Fort Portal, and again in 1966 to the diocese of Kabale. On January 2, 1999 the diocese was elevated to an archdiocese. Before being an archdiocese the diocese was a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Kampala.
- François-Xavier Lacoursière Missionaries of Africa (28 May 1934 - 20 April 1956)
- Jean-Marie Gaëtan Ogez, Missionaries of Africa (11 December 1956 - 25 November 1968)
- John Baptist Kakubi (26 June 1969 - 23 November 1991)
- Archbishop Paul K. Bakyenga (since 23 November 1991 Bishop, since 2 January 1999 Archbishop)
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