The pastoral visit is instrumental to the spiritual, economic, social and political growth of the diocese’s external Christians
PIC: Bishop Vincent Kirabo. (File photo)
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KAMPALA - Christians of Hoima Catholic Diocese living outside the (diocese) are gearing up for the pastoral visit of their bishop Dr Vincent Kirabo Amooti.
The bishop will make the pastoral visit to the “external residents” of the diocese in Kampala between April 24 and 29.
The president of Hoima Diocese Residents Association (HOIDERA), Taddeo Atuhura, said the pastoral visit is instrumental to the spiritual, economic, social and political growth of the diocese’s external Christians.
“The visit is a spiritual and social focus aimed at the holistic development of HOIDERA members,” he added.
During the pastoral work, the bishop will visit some families of HOIDERA members, the home of the needy in Nalukolongo and MPs from Bunyoro. Kirabo will end his visit with a mass on April 29.
“We are making standard preparations to ensure that our members achieve the best from the visit. There will be a mass on April 29 led by His Lordship,” Atuhura said.
During his last year’s five-day pastoral work, the bishop visited several families of the association’s members and interacted with students and leaders from Bunyoro and celebrated a mass in Nakawa, a Kampala suburb.
The Christians hosted him to a luncheon and he thanked them for the love and support to the church. He undertook the pastoral work in March when Hoima diocese was preparing to animate the June 3 Martyrs Day.
Pastoral visits present opportunities for bishops to meet the priests, members of the church, and interact with various ministries in the (church). They are also instrumental in enabling the bishops appreciate the functioning of the parishes/church.
On the other hand, the pastoral work helps Christians understand the priories and programmes of the diocese as well as enhancing spiritual development. Kirabo was appointed bishop of Hoima diocese by Pope Francis upon his (Pope) departure from Uganda after 2015 papal visit.
He took over from Lambert Bainomugisha, who served as the apostolic administrator for the diocese when the immediate former bishop, Deogratius Byabazaire Abwooli, was ill and after his death in 2014.