Roman Catholic Diocese of Hoima
|Diocese of Hoima
|Area||17,200 km2 (6,600 sq mi)|
|Cathedral||Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral|
|Bishop||Vincent Kirabo (Bishop-designate)|
The Diocese of Hoima, whose evangelization was spearheaded by the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), was erected on 9 August 1965, being made up of areas cut from the then Fort Portal Diocese and Lubaga Archdiocese. It started with 7 Parishes, there are now 36. The first bishop was Cyprian Kihangire who later became the first African Bishop of Gulu and died on 1 November 1990. Albert Edward Baharagate succeeded him on 5 October 1969. He retired on 9 March 1991. Deogratias Muganwa Byabazaire succeeded Baharagate on 9 Mar 1991, serving as bishop until his death on 8 February 2014. On 30 November 2015, Vincent Kirabo was appointed Bishop of Hoima, to succeed the late Byabazaire.
Hoima Diocese comprises four districts of Bunyoro: Hoima, Masindi, Kibaale and Buliisa. It is a suffragan of Ecclesiastical Province of Mbarara Archdiocese. About 25% of the entire population are settlers and refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, the Sudan, and other national ethnic groups. Its Patron Saints are: St. Joseph Protector of the Church and St. Andrea Kaahwa.
He is the current bishop-designate, having been appointed on 30 November 2015. He as ordained Priest in 1979. He was educated in Gulu, Ggaba, Rome and Portland, Oregon. At the time of his appointment, he was Professor of Theology at Ggaba National Seminary in Kampala, Uganda.
He was born at Karujubu, Masindi District, on 9 October 1941. Ordained Priest at Bujumbura, Hoima, on 9 August 1969, Deogratias Byabazaire died 8 February 2014 morning at Entebbe Airport on his way back to Uganda. Ordained bishop (coadjutor) on 18 August 1990 and installed Bishop of Hoima on 9 March 1991.
He was Born 12 July 1961 at Kashumba, Bukanga.He was Ordained Priest on 13 July 1991 at Mbarara Diocese. On 2 July 2005 he was Appointed Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Mbarara and also appointed Titular Bishop of Tacia, Montana. On 1 October 2005, he was ordained Titular Bishop of Tacia Montana. On 13 November 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Apostolic Administrator "sede plena et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis" of Hoima Diocese.
Bishop Emeritus of Hoima. Born at Nyamigisa, Masindi, on 25 February 1930, was ordained Priest at Nyamigisa Parish, Masindi, on 7 December 1958. Ordained bishop on 1 August 1969. Installed Bishop of Hoima on 5 October 1969 and retired on 9 March 1991.
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