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Catholics Gear Up for Consecration of New Masaka Bishop

Preparations are in top gear in Masaka for the consecration and installation of Monsignor Serverus Jjumba, the new Catholic Bishop.

On Saturday, Jjumba will be consecrated as the fifth Bishop of Masaka diocese replacing Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa who clocked the retirement age of 75 years. 

The ceremony will take place at the diocesan seat at Kitovu in Masaka municipality.

Reverend Father George William Lubega, the Chairperson of the organizing committee says, the excitement arises from the significance the ceremony presents to the institution of the church and their faith. 

He explains that a bigger percentage of the laity in the diocese is witnessing the ceremony for the first time.

The last consecration ceremony in Masaka diocese happened 25 years ago during the installation of Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa. 

Fr. Lubega says many Christians in the area were not yet born at the time, while others were young and didn’t actively participate in organizing the event. 

 Different Church choirs that include school children and clergy are making their final rehearsals for hymns and performances that will accompany the order of the mass on Saturday. 

Vincent Feralio Mayega, the Buganda Kingdom’s representative in Buddu County, says that they are so eager for this historical event in the life of diocese. 

The outgoing Masaka diocesan Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa indicated that he is happy with the support the parishioners have offered to the ceremony. 

He noted that the high level of enthusiasm exhibited by the Christians is a clear indication of obedience and love they have towards their faith. 

Msgr Severus Jjumba was announced Bishop-elect of Masaka diocese on April 16th by Cardinal Luigi Bianco, the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda. 

He has now been kept away from the public to allow him enough time meditate and prepare for his new responsibilities.