Pope Francis appoints Bishop Ssemogerere new Kampala Archbishop. Pope Francis today announced the appointment of Kasana Luwero Bishop Paul Ssemogerere the new Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese.
The announcement comes exactly 9 months after Bishop Ssemogerere was made the Apostolic Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese following the death of the late Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga early this year.
Bishop Ssemogerere was born on 30th 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 and then studied at St. Maria Goretti Senior Secondary School Katende, where he completed his O-Level studies.
In 1976, Bishop Ssemogerere and seven other young men became pioneer students at St Mbaaga Seminary at Ggaba, and 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 Bishop 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 21st 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 3rd June 1983 at Kampala, by Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga, Archbishop of Kampala, and served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, until 4th June 2008 when he was appointed Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kasana-Luweero and was consecrated as Bishop on 23rd August 2008 at Kasana-Luweero by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, 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.
On Thursday 8th April 2021, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese by Pope Francis after the sudden death of Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who was the Archbishop of Kampala.
He becomes the 4th Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese after Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka, Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga, Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, and Archbishop Kizito Lwanga.