Rtd Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa
EC Village Verification

The Masaka Catholic Diocesan Chancellor Fr Edward Ssekabanja, has confirmed that Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa died of #Covid-19.

In a brief statement Fr Ssekabanja confirmed Kaggwa’s death which he said occurred on last evening. Kaggwa succumbed to Covid-19, which he had first contracted two months prior.

“It’s true the Bishop has gone to be with the Lord; he succumbed to Covid-19, which he has been battling for two months,” Fr Mayanja told Daily Monitor.

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Bishop Kaggwa was born on 23 March 1943 at Bulenga, Busiro County, Wakiso District, in the Buganda Region of Uganda. He attended Lubaga Boys Primary School from 1952 until he completed Primary 6 in 1957. He then joined Kisubi Minor Seminary in 1958. While at Kisubi, he studied Latin. Later he studied at Katigondo Major Seminary, where he studied Philosophy.

In 1965, Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka sent him to study at Pontifical Urban University, in Rome, on scholarship. He was ordained deacon in May 1970 in Rome. On 12 December 1971, he was ordained a priest, also in Rome, at the age of 28 years. He held a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Canon Law and Secular Law, awarded by Pontifical Urban University.

He was ordained a priest on 12 December 1971 in Rome, at the age of 28. Following his doctoral studies, he was appointed vice-rector of the Pontifical College of St Paul, in Rome, for five years. He returned to Uganda in the 1980s and was appointed the first rector of St. Mbaaga Seminary at Ggaba.

On 19 December 1994, he was appointed the coadjutor Bishop of Masaka. He was consecrated bishop on 24 June 1995 by his predecessor, Bishop Adrian Kivumbi Ddungu. He succeeded as Bishop of Masaka, Uganda on 10 January 1998.

On 6 July 2019, Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa was the Principal Consecrator of his replacement, Bishop Serverus Jjumba as the Ordinary of Masaka Diocese. Bishop Kaggwa then retired as bishop but continued to work in the diocese as directed by Bishop Jjumba.