Pope retires Masaka’s Bishop Kaggwa

After 21 years as a shepherd of Masaka Diocese, Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa has been retired.

Kaggwa’s retirement was announced in a statement issued by Luigi Bianco, the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda.

The same statement also announced the appointment of Msgr Serverus Jjumba who has been Kaggwa’s Vicar General as the new Bishop of Masaka.

“The Apostolic Nunciature has the joy to announce that the Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Rev Msgr Serverus Jjumba as new Bishop of Masaka while accepting the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese presented by Rt Rev John Baptist Kaggwa upon having reached the age limit,” Bianco wrote.

Kaggwa was consecrated Bishop in 1998 replacing the late Bishop Adrian Kivumbi Ddungu, the diocese’s longest serving prelate.

He will remain the apostolic administrator  of the diocese until Jjumba’s consecration as Bishop.

Bishop-elect Serverus Jjumba (L) with Bishop Kaggwa during the Ash Wednesday mass at Kitovu Cathedral

Who is Jjumba?

Msgr Serverus Jjumba was born on August 2, 1962. He attended his early school education at St Augustine’s and St Paul’s Primary School Kitovu before enrolling at Bukalasa Minor Seminary in Masaka for his priestly formation studies.

He then joined Ggaba National Major Seminary for Theological studies and later Katigondo Major Seminary for his philosophical studies.

He was ordained priest June 20, 1992 before he was deployed to serve as a curate in Mpambire Parish 1992-1993.

He went back to Bukalasa Minor Seminary as a teacher and bursar from 1993 to 2000 when he was appointed  the diocesan treasurer.

He served in the diocesan treasury for 14 years until 2014 when Bishop Kaggwa appointed him Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia on April 15, 2014.