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ARCHBISHOP ODONGO JAMES December 7, 2020

Born: 27th March1931

Died:  04th December 2020

Parents:  Gabriel Omunyin and Rosalia Nyachwo

 Education Background

  • 1939-1940 Molo Primary School
  • 1941-1943 Tororo College Primary School
  • 1944-1950 Nyenga Seminary

Major Seminary Formation

  • 1951-1953 Ggaba Seminary
  • 1953-1957 Propaganda Fide University, Rome

 Ordination

  • 9/29/1956 Diaconate Propaganda Fide College, Rome
  • 12/22/1956 Priesthood Propaganda Fide College, Rome

Places of Appointment since Ordination

  • 1958 Budadiri Parish – Assistant Priest
  • Teacher at Masaba Secondary School (1958 – 1959).
  • 1959-1960 Mulanda Parish – Assistant Priest
  • 1960-1961 Education Secretary School – Inspector
  • 1962-1964 Education Secretary, Mbale – Diocesan Education Secretary, Diocesan Secretary, Financial Secretary, Diocesan Consultor, Vicar General.
  • Headmaster Holy Angels College Madera (1964).
  • 11/25/1964 Elected Auxiliary Bishop
  • 2/16/1965 Consecrated Bishop
  • 8/19/1968 Appointed Bishop of Tororo
  • 1/2/1999 Appointed first Metropolitan Archbishop of Tororo

Other Offices Held Since Ordination

  • Chairman Association of Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA);1973-1979
  • Chairman AMECEA Social Commission 1980-1990
  • AMECEA Representative to the Pan-African Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), 1981-present 1981-1990
  • Military Ordinary of Uganda 1985-to present
  • Chairman Education Commission of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) 1965-1972
  • Chairman Ecumenical Commission of the UEC 1966-1980
  • Member of the Executive board of the UEC 1967-1980
  • Vice Chairman of the UEC 1972-1979
  • Chairman National Commission for the Seminaries 1980-1982
  • Chairman Social Services Commission of the UEC 1982-1990

Outstanding contributions in the diocese:

  • Founded 14 Parishes, 4 Chapels in schools. St. James Preparatory Seminary, Secondary schools, Vocational Technical Schools, Social centers, Communication center, Homes for orphans/special needs for children and youths, Chairman and member of Board of Governors of various schools and institutions
  • Invited various Congregations of the Religious to serve in the Archdiocese of Tororo
  • Mentored priests who became Bishops namely:
  • Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo AJ
  • Archbishop Denis Kiwanuka Lote
  • Bishop Erasmus Wandera
  • Bishop Joseph Oyanga (RIP)
  • Bishop Charles Martin Wamika
  • Bishop Joseph Eciru Oliach

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