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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala


Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala

The Archdiocese of Kampala is the Metropolitan See for the Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical province of Kampala in Uganda.


The present Kampala Archdiocese is the result of territorial changes:

  • Victoria Nyanza Vicariate (1883). It was established by the Holy See in 1883 and was entrusted to the Missionaries of Africa commonly known as the White Fathers. Rubaga became the seat of the Bishop.
  • Upper Nile Vicariate (1894). On July 13, 1894 the Holy See erected the Upper Nile Vicariate dividing it from Victoria Nyanza Vicariate and entrusted it to the Mill Hill Missionaries. Nsambya became the seat of the Bishop. The name of Vicariate Nyanza Vicariate was also changed to Vicariate Apostolic of Northern Victoria Nyanza.
  • Vicariate of Uganda (1915). After the erection of vicariates in territories beyond the Nile on the southern side, the name of Northern Victoria Nyanza Vicariate became the Vicariate of Uganda on January 15, 1915.
  • Vicariate of Kampala. On June 10, 1948, the name of Upper Nile Vicariate was changed to the Vicariate of Kampala which later became the diocese of Kampala in 1953.
  • Archdiocese of Rubaga (1953-1966). The Catholic hierarchy in Uganda was established on March 25, 1953. The former Vicariates of Uganda became the dioceses of Uganda. Rubaga became the Archdiocese with 5 suffragan dioceses namely : Gulu, Masaka, Kampala, Mbarara and Tororo
  • Archdiocese of Kampala (1966-). On August 5, 1966, the Holy See joined together what was part the Diocese of Kampala and the Archdiocese of Rubaga and created the Archdiocese of Kampala. It was covering most parts of Central Uganda. Since, three other new dioceses have been carved out of it: Kiyinda-Mityana (July 17, 1981), Kasana-Luweero (December 16, 1996) and Lugazi (December 16, 1996).


  • Ordinary: The Most Reverend Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga
  • Size: 3.644.75 square km
  • Total Population: 3,592,053
  • Catholic Population: 1,505,053 (42%)
  • Parishes: 51
  • Sub-stations (sub-parishes) 389
  • Number of Priests: 324
  • Diocesan Priests: 261
  • Priests belonging to Religious Inst. 63
  • Professed non-Priest Religious: 186
  • Professed Women Religious 410
  • Catechists 428
  • Number of Seminarians (major): 173
  • Catholic Universities 1
  • Vocational Institutions 5
  • Catholic-Founded Secondary schools 45
  • Catholic-Founded Primary Schools 222
  • Catholic Hospitals 4
  • Health Centers and Dispensaries 20


When the Catholic White Fathers came calling in 1879, they were allocated land near Lubaga Hill. Eventually they were given land on Lubaga Hill itself where they built St. Mary's Cathedral, beginning in 1914 which was completed in 1925, with the assistance of monetary contributions from Roman Catholic congregations abroad. The early missionaries had problems pronouncing the word Lubaga. They instead pronounced it with an "r" as in Rubaga. In Luganda, there is no word that starts with an "R". (Other Bantu languages from western Uganda and the African Great Lakes Area have words starting with "R".)

Later, the missionaries built a hospital and a nursing school on the hill. Today, Lubaga remains the seat of the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Uganda. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala.

The remains of the first African Catholic bishop in Uganda, Bishop Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka and those of the first African Catholic Cardinal, Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga are kept in the Catholic Mission on the hill.

Church landmarks

  • St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral
  • Administrative centre of the Kampala Archdiocese
  • Residence of the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese
  • Lubaga Hospital: A 300-bed community hospital administered by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala
  • Lubaga Nurses School
  • Lubaga Miracle Center: A Pentecostal Congregation church
  • Pope Paul VI Memorial Community Center
  • Headquarters of Lubaga Division: One of the five administrative divisions of the city of Kampala.
  • Lubaga Campus of Uganda Martyrs University, whose main campus is at Nkozi in Mpigi District.
  • Kisubi Mapeera Secondary School

Special churches

The seat of the Archbishop is St. Mary’s Cathedral in Lubaga Division, in Kampala.[1] There is also a Minor Basilica, the Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs at Namugongo in Wakiso District.[2]


Metropolitan Archbishops of Kampala

Metropolitan Archbishops of Rubaga

Vicars Apostolic of Uganda

  • Archbishop Louis Joseph Cabana, M.Afr.: 1947-1953
  • Bishop Edouard Michaud, M.Afr.: 1933-1945
  • Bishop Henri Streicher, M.Afr.: 1915-1933

Vicars Apostolic of Northern Victoria Nyanza

  • Bishop Henri Streicher, M.Afr.: 1897-1915[4]

Suffragan dioceses

See also


  1. REDIRECT Template:Catholic Encyclopedia poster

External links

  • Giga-Catholic Information
  • Catholic Hierarchy

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