Bishop Paul Ssemwogerere to replace Lt. Bishop Lwanga

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Paul Ssemwogerere as the Apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Kampala.

Bsp.Paul Semwogerere

This was announced Thursday by the Papal Nuncio to Uganda Archbishop Bianco Luigi at the burial ceremony of the Late Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga at Lubaga Cathedral.

It was further confirmed by the Uganda Episcopal Conference.

Paul Ssemogerere (born 30 June 1956) is a Roman Catholic prelate who is the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kasana-Luweero, in Uganda.

He was appointed bishop of Kasana-Luweero on 4 June 2008.

He replaces deceased Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who died last week and is being buried today at Rubaga Cathedral.


Ssemogerere was born on 30 June 1956 at Kisubi, in present-day Wakiso District in the Buganda Region of Uganda.

He attended Kigero Primary School before transferring to Kisubi Boys Primary School.

He then studied at St. Maria Goretti Senior Secondary School Katende, where he completed his O-Level studies.

In 1976, Ssemogerere and seven other young men became pioneer students at St Mbaaga Seminary at Ggaba.

This was the first class of this seminary, which specializes in admitting men to train as priests when they are older than usual, and without attending minor seminary.

In 1978, the late Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga sent Ssemogerere to the Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1982.

On 21 November 1981, he was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Rembert George Weakland, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.


He was ordained a priest on 3 June 1983 at Kampala, by Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga, Archbishop of Kampala.

He served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, until 4 June 2008.

As bishop

He was appointed bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kasana-Luweero, on 4 June 2008.

He was consecrated as bishop on 23 August 2008 at Kasana-Luweero by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, then Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Cardinal-Priest of Sant’Ugo, and Cardinal Emeritus of Kampala and Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, Titular Archbishop of Amantia and Papal Nuncio to Uganda at that time.

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