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Archbishop Dr. Paul Ssemogerere Shuffles Clergy Roles

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The Archbishop of Kampala, His Grace Dr. Paul Ssemogerere, has made changes in the assignments of priests, reassigning several individuals to new roles and deploying recently ordained clergy members.

The transfer list, authorized by the Archdiocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Dr. Male Ssentumbwe, and verified by our reporter, primarily impacts parish priests, assistant parish priests, Deacons, priests serving in institutions such as schools, chaplains, lecturers, and formators in seminaries.

The Archdiocesan Communications Director, Rev. Fr. Joseph Mukiibi, has confirmed that the newly announced appointments have already been put into effect.

“The changes have already begun; priests have received their assignments, and many have already arrived at their new stations or assumed their new roles,” said Rev. Fr. Mukiibi to our reporter.

Among the notable changes, Rev. Fr. David Ssenkaayi, who previously served at the Catholic University of East Africa, has been appointed as the Rector of Katigondo Seminary in Masaka Diocese. Additionally, Rev. Fr. Simon Peter Katende, former Chaplain at Kisubi Technical, has been named Vice Rector at Kisubi Seminary.

Rev. Fr. William Ggayi, who previously served as a Formator at Kisubi Seminary, has taken on the position of Spiritual Director at Kisubi, succeeding Rev. Fr. Charles Herman Ssuuna, who is now the Parish Priest at Kitagobwa Parish.

A closer look at the transfers in parishes reveals a deliberate effort to facilitate an exchange, with priests moving from rural to urban areas and vice versa.

For instance, Rev. Fr. Denis Kizito Ssebunnya, previously in Mitala Maria, Mpigi district, has been reassigned to Ggaba Parish as a parish priest. Rev. Fr. Francis Xavier Kikomeko has moved from Kisubi Parish to Mitala Maria as the new Parish Priest. Rev. Fr. Charles Ssengendo, former Parish Priest at Ggaba Parish, has taken on the role of Kisubi Parish Priest.

The appointments have also led to promotions for some priests. Rev. Fr. Paul Ssekayala, former Parish Priest of Kamuli Parish, and Rev. Fr. Peter Lugobe, who served as Parish Priest at Kigoowa Parish, have both been elevated to the positions of Deans. Rev. Fr. Ssekayala is now the Dean of Ggayaaza Deanery, while Rev. Fr. Lugobe assumes the role of Dean at Christ the King Deaneries.

Assistant priests have also received promotions. Rev. Fr. Alex Kambagira, previously Assistant Parish Priest at Lubaga Cathedral Parish, has been appointed as the new Parish Priest at Kiziba Parish. Rev. Fr. Joseph Ssentongo, former Assistant Parish Priest at Mitala-Maria Parish, is now the Gombe Parish Priest.

Seven priests have been selected to further their studies at various institutions in Uganda and abroad. For example, Fr. Julius Bwoowe and Fr. Lubwaama are heading to the Catholic University of East Africa in Kenya. Three others will pursue Master’s degrees in education, and Rev. Fr. Alvin Tendo has been approved to pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Maynooth University in Ireland.

Three priests, including Fr. Martin Massisa, Richard Ssendugu, and Everest Kiweewa, have been sent on missionary work in the United States of America and Canada.

Rev. Fr. Edward Bwanika has been granted sabbatical leave, a requirement for priests in the Catholic Church after serving a period of seven to ten years. Sabbaticals serve various purposes, including spiritual, pastoral, educational, theological, and ministerial enrichment, as well as providing priests with time for rest and renewal.

The changes have had minimal impact on the higher administration within the archdiocese, including leadership positions at vicariates, directorates, commissions, and departments. Exceptions include the appointments of Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Sita as the Director of the Justice and Peace Department and Rev. Fr. Joseph Ekutte, who now serves as the Coordinator for the Kampala Archdiocesan Health Department.

When Dr. Ssemogerere assumed leadership of the archdiocese last year, he initially maintained the existing leadership structures. Speculations regarding his intentions ranged from providing priests with opportunities to assessing the situation before making new appointments.