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Charles Ssebyala, the head of Laity at Our Lady of Fatima Queen of Peace Cathedral, said that it was unbelievable to see their Bishop leaving but they will remain grateful to God for his contribution to the diocese.
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There were tears of joy this morning as the Rt Rev Paul Ssemogerere crossed over to Kampala Archdiocese after shepherding Kasana-Luwero Diocese for 13 years. 

The Archbishop-elect left Our Lady of Fatima Queen of Peace Cathedral in Kasana-Luwero Diocese at 06:57 a.m. and embarked on his journey to Kampala Archdiocese.

Driving in a Toyota VX registration number UAU 192B, Ssemogerere arrived at Lumansi swamp near Matugga, which borders Kampala Archdiocese and Kasana –Luwero around 7:41 am. 

He emerged from the car and was ushered into a tent where the Kasana Luwero Diocesan Chancellor, Cyril Kasigwa asked the Vice General of Kasana- Luwero Diocese, Monsignor Francis Xavier Mpanga to officially hand him over to Rev. Fr. Pius Male Ssentumbwe, the Chancellor of Kampala Archdiocese.

 

Kasigwa said they were thankful for his service in Kasana-Luwero Diocese and prayed that God continues to bless him in Kampala Archdiocese.  

//Cue in; “Mukaseera kano...    

Cue out...Kampala Archdiocese."//

The Rt Rev Paul Ssemogerere received a flower and a bible from Rev. Fr. Pius Male Ssentumbwe to welcome him into Kampala Archdiocese. He prayed for Kasana –Luwero Diocese before being led into another vehicle registration number UBK 979Y where he was driven by the Papal Knight Joseph Yiga to Lubaga Cathedral for his installation as Kampala Archbishop in a procession amidst tight security.

There were mixed emotions among Christians from Kasana-Luwero Diocese as they watched Ssemogerere exit the Diocese. Charles Ssebyala, the head of Laity at Our Lady of Fatima Queen of Peace Cathedral, said that it was unbelievable to see their Bishop leaving but they will remain grateful to God for his contribution to the diocese.

//Cue in; “Embeera eriwo…

Cue out…amusobozesa.”//

John Baptist Mpiima, the Head of Liturgy at Kasana-Luwero Diocese, said they will miss Ssemogerere for his exemplary leadership and the pastoral visits he made to the homes of Christians.

He revealed that Ssemogerere will be remembered for elevating four churches into parishes, establishing a cooperative union, Bishop Annual Fund, and changing the lives of many Christians through developmental projects during his tenure in the diocese.

Erastus Kibirango, the LCV Chairman of Luwero district said Christians will miss his love towards them and are now worried about how they will live without him.

//Cue in; “Tulina kyetulina… 

Cue out…gyabadde atukolamu.”//

Robert Ssekitoleko, the Bamunanika County Member of Parliament said they will continue seeking guidance and support from Ssemogerere despite his elevation. Ssemogerere was also emotional and he was seen looking down as he asked God’s blessing in his new journey as Archbishop. 

While their colleagues from the Luwero-Kasana diocese looked sad, thousands of the faithful from Kampala Archdiocese waved palm trees, tree branches, and beat drums as they lined in trading centres from Matugga town to Lubaga Cathedral to welcome him.

At 9:00 am, Ssemogerere arrived at Lubaga Cathedral ahead of his installation as Kampala Archbishop to replace the Late Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

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