DIOCESE OF JINJA » BACKGROUND

BACKGROUND

The diocese of Jinja covered a civic area then known as Busoga. It stretches from Lake Victoria in the South, Lake Kyoga in the North, River Nile in the West and River Mpologoma in the North East, making Busoga almost an Island.

This diocese was originally part of the Vicariate of the Upper Nile and later, of the Diocese of Kampala. It was  first evangelized by the Mill Hill Missionaries from 1899 on-wards after a short-lived attempt by a couple of Missionaries of Africa (1889-1890).

On the 5th of August 1966 the new Diocese of Jinja was created, being cut off from the former Diocese of Kampala and the See of the latter being transferred to Jinja.

The Catholic Diocese of Jinja operates in Eleven (11) civic districts namely: Jinja, Iganga, Kamuli, Buyende, Kaliro, Bugiri, Namutumba, Namayingo, Bugweri, Mayuge and Luuka districts; and Four(4) developing  municipalities namely: Jinja, Iganga, Kamuli and Bugiri, a coverage area with the core purpose of Evangelization and integral and holistic teaching to the contemporary communities that would eventually benefit all religions in the area depending on the matters being handled at each time. These districts are situated at the same time in the different parishes of the diocese.

They are the following: Jinja cathedral, Kagoma, Kakira, Buluba, Kyebando, Nankoma, Bugaya, Kiyunga, Kyebando, Iganga, Itanda, Budini, Irundu, Wesunire, Kamuli, Namwendwa, Nawanyago, Namirali, Namunyumya, Busowa, Buswale, Kalamira and Buluguyi. Forthcoming are Bukoba, Balawoli, Busiro and Kidera, the last two already anounced to be parishes.

Among the languages in the area represented would be The Basoga (with all their dialects) as the main predominant population in the diocese, Samya areas mainly to the east of the diocese, and all the others especially from the surrounding districts like Buyikwe Kayunga (in Buganda), Soroti, Tororo, Busia and many others from the rest of Uganda.

Details:

AREA                     8917 Sq. Kilometers

POPULATION               2,874,704

CATHOLIC POPULATION      683,839 [23.79%]

PARISHES                 25 [To increase soon as more new parishes are being opened]

TRAINED CATECHISTS       220

MISSIONARY SISTERS       48

MISSIONARY BROTHERS      9

UNTRAINED CATECHISTS     570

UGANDAN REV BROTHERS     7

UGANDAN REV SISTERS      116

PRIESTS                  77 (plus 6 newly ordained as by 29th Feb 2020)

MISSIONARIES PRIEST      37

(According to UEC secretariat statistics 2018)

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