Roman Catholic Diocese of Arua

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Diocese of Arua
Dioecesis Aruaensis
Country Uganda
Metropolitan Gulu
Area 10,561 km2 (4,078 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
670,000 (40.6%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Lodonga
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arua (Latin: Aruaën(sis)) is a diocese located in the city of Arua in the Ecclesiastical province of Gulu in Uganda. Following the resignation of Bishop Frederick Drandua, on 19 August 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Right Reverend Sabino Ocan Odoki, Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu, as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Arua, until a substantive Bishop is appointed.[1] On October 20, 2010 he was named ordinary Bishop.


  • June 23, 1958: Established as Diocese of Arua from Diocese of Gulu


  • Bishops of Arua (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki (2010.10.20 - present)
    • Bishop Frederick Drandua (1986.05.27 - 2009.08.19)[2]
    • Bishop Angelo Tarantino, M.C.C.I. (1959.02.12 – 1984)

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Coordinates: 3°00′49″N 30°53′49″E / 3.0136°N 30.8970°E / 3.0136; 30.8970