Msgr. Severus Jjumba being consecrated as the new Bishop of Masaka Diocese. Photo credit, CBS radio online.
 

 

Msgr. Severus Jjumba has been consecrated as the new Bishop of Masaka Diocese following the resignation of his Lordship Rt. Rev. John Baptist Kaggwa who attained the retirement age of 75 years.

On April 16, Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Msgr. Severus Jjumba the new Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Masaka. His appointment was announced by Archbishop Luigi Bianco, the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda. Until his appointment, Rev. Msgr. Jjumba was serving as Vicar General for Masaka Diocese. He replaces Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa, who resigned

The ceremony was led by the outgoing Bishop Rev. John Baptist Kaggwa at the arena grounds of Kitovu in Masaka District. Bishop Kaggwa lauded everyone who has contributed to the thriving of Catholic Church and easing his work as the Bishop of Masaka.

“I thank you Msgr. Severus Jjumba for accepting and taking up the responsibility of leading Masaka diocese and I wish you a fruitful service.” He said during the service.

Speaking after concretion, Msgr. Severus Jjumba, applauded all believers who prayed for him as he served the God under the leadership of Bishop Kaggwa and encouraged them to continue praying for him even after being consecrated as the bishop of Masaka diocese.

“May your weakness be turned into strength, may your pride be conquered to serve the living God,” he recited the prayer and encourages believers to always go and hang their problems at the newly placed Cross at the arena grounds of Kitovu.

“It was my dream to get a corner at this ground where people would kneel for payers before during and after football games. This cross is the center of everything,” he said

He lauded his predecessor for commendable services to onwards lifting masaza diocese and implored Msgr. Severus Jjumba to work towards causing change in the society and fulfilling the work of God.

In his message delivered by Katikkiro Charles Mayiga, Kabaka Ronald Mutebi, appreciated him for taking up the responsibility of leading the church. “If others bishops managed to led, you too can lead beyond your expectations.” He said.

“I want to thank Bishop Kaggwa for the role you have played in protecting the environment, human rights and always stepping in to advices on a number of government programs,”

He called on him to step-up on the bill that is yet to be introduced to license coffee farmers in the country, “much as we need value addition, we need laws that support the development of the country and elevation of people from poverty,”

Rev. Msgr. Severus Jjumba was born on July 2, 1962 in Katinnyondo-Kyannamukaaka, Masaka and was ordained a priest on June 20, 1992. He was the Formator and treasurer at Bukalasa Minor Seminary between 1993 and 2000. In 2000, he was appointed as the treasurer of the Catholic Diocese of Masaka, serving in that capacity until 2014. From 2014 until 2019, he was the Vicar General of Masaka Diocese.