Catholic Church Praises Archbishop Kiwanuka :: Uganda Radionetwork

Kiwanuka will be buried at the Uganda Martyrs Cathedral, Nyangole, Tororo on Thursday with the final requiem mass and interment.

The Catholic Church in Uganda has praised Archbishop Denis Lote Kiwanuka.

Bishop Kiwanuka, who was the first Bishop of Kotido Diocese and the second Metropolitan of Tororo Archdiocese, died on Sunday morning at Nsambya Hospital where he had been admitted for nearly weeks battling several illnesses.

On Tuesday, Catholics gathered at Lubaga Cathedral to pray and remember the great works he did for the church and the people he served. Speaker after speaker praised the deceased as a humble, calm, yet serious and caring person.

During the homily, the Bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana, Dr. Joseph Antony Zziwa, who is also the President of the Ugandan Episcopal Conference, noted that since his birth, Archbishop Kiwanuka has grown by the grace of God after having lost his parents when he was still too young.

“The late archbishop was brought up as an orphan by the little sisters of Mary. He lost his father three months before he was born and his mother died when he was one month and three weeks old. From this modest background, he reached great heights. He was a priest for 57 years,” Dr. Zziwa noted.

Bishop Zziwa added that Kiwanuka lived by the grace of God by following the beatitudes of a good Christian and always sought a simple life.

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He further noted that throughout his life, the deceased always aspired to serve his community without seeking popularity or asserting his authority over others. He added that when Kiwanuka was given episcopal responsibilities, he dedicated his life to serving his flock with humility, love and keeping a cool head even in difficult situations.

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The Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Paul Ssemogerere noted that Archbishop Kiwanuka in his humility has emphasized education, environment and development of his people during his tenure as ordinary Kotido and Tororo.

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Ssemogerere, called on the faithful in Kotido, Tororo and Uganda in general to emulate the legacy of Kiwanuka by caring for the environment and seeking quality education.

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Archbishop of Tororo Emmanuel Obbo said his predecessor served the church his entire life from childhood in the mission where he grew up until his death as Archbishop Emeritus of Tororo.

Archbishop Obbo could not forget to ask the Lord to forgive the soul of the deceased if there were any shortcomings that Archbishop Kiwanuka had.

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On behalf of the family members, Dr. Abdulhu Byakatonda, who is a grandson of the deceased, noted that the late Archbishop will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity, and sense of humor he used to brighten everyone’s day. .

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Kiwanuka will be buried at the Uganda Martyrs Cathedral, Nyangole, Tororo on Thursday with the final requiem mass and interment.

However, before burial, his body will be taken to the Catholic Parish of Pallisa where he grew up. A requiem mass will be held at noon.

Archbishop Denis Lote Kiwanuka was born in 1938 to Semutewo Mwanje and Sarah Kasana Namuwoya of Kadumure village in what is now Pallisa district. He was the last born in a family of seven older sisters and eight older brothers.

The prelate went to Pallisa Primary School, Achilet Preparatory Seminary, St. Pius X, Nagongera Minor Seminary, Nyenga Minor Seminary and later Ggaba Major Seminary. After his priestly studies, he was ordained in 1965 by Bishop James Odongo, whom he replaced in the years that followed.

Later, he went to continue his studies in the United States of America where he obtained a master’s degree in theology and another in education. On his return to Uganda, he served in several parishes in Tororo, then a diocese, vicar, parish priest and teacher, and rector at his Alma mater -Nangongere Minor Seminary.

He served as Pastoral Coordinator, Diocesan Treasurer and Vicar General before being appointed as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Kotido.

After several years of pioneering in the diocese of Kotido, Pope Benedict XVI transferred him to his parent diocese in 2007, where he was the second metropolitan to fill the seat that became vacant on Archbishop Odongo’s retirement.

Archbishop Kiwanuka served Tororo until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 in 2014.

Although beloved by many for his works and personal conduct, a group of Christians besieged his residence to protest his refusal to ordain an Acholi Labwor deacon. It was during the last days of his service in the Diocese of Kotido.

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