Paul Ssemogerere leads his first Mass as the newly-installed Metropolitan Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese.
Moments after the official installation of Rt. Rev. Paul Ssemogerere, the Archbishop-elect of Kampala Archdiocese at Rubaga Cathedral, he led his first mass where he emphasized unity, tolerance and protection of land.
Today marked the end of Ssemogerere’s 13-year service in Kasana -Luwero Diocese as Bishop. Ssemogerere took over as the second Bishop of Kasana -Luwero Diocese on August 23, 2008, where he served until December 9, 2021, when Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese.
Ahead of his installation, Ssemogerere set off early today from Kasana-Luwero Diocese. He first attended private prayers in adoration chapel. While being received, he was given a Bible and bouquet of flowers.
Thereafter he attended mass at Our Lady of Fatima Queen of Peace in Luwero town led by Monsignor Francis Xavier Mpanga who prayed for journey mercies and blessings for Ssemogerere in his new office. Dozens of priests and Christians joined Ssemogerere’s convoy to escort him to his new calling.
Ssemogerere said that he was happy for the Christians that turned up to bid him farewell and escort him to his new office.
Around 10:30am, he was installed by Papal Nuncio Luigi Blanco as the new Archbishop of the Kampala Archdiocese. Ssemogerere expressed gratitude to Pope for entrusting him with the responsibility to lead Kampala Archdiocese and prayed for the fallen Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga to continue resting in peace.
The installation was graced by various representatives from Parliament of Uganda, religious institutions, cultural institutions, politicians among others. In attendance was Vice President; Jessica Alupo, Deputy Speaker of Parliament; Anita Among, Minister for lands; Judith Nabakoba, former Vice President; Edward Ssekandi, Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga and Prince David Wasajja of Buganda Kingdom , Thomas Tayebwa, parliament Chief whip, Mathias Mpuga, Leader of Opposition and NUP President Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu, among others.
President Museveni delegated Vice-President Jessica Alupo as his representative.
Deputy Speaker Anita Among pledged to give all the necessary support in her powers to the Archbishop as he serves God’s people.
His Grace Paul Ssemogerere replaces the late Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who died on April 3, 2021.