CONFESSION: Priest Who Never Wanted to Become Bishop

for sale sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“When I was studying to become a priest, find I did not desire to become a bishop. Much as I was appointed by Pope Francis, more about it was not easy for me to accept it,” Kibira told Chimpreports in an exclusive interview.

Fr. Kibira said that he first rejected his appointment as Bishop Kasese Catholic Diocese.

Fr. Kibira, who was the Rector of St. Paul’s National Major Seminary Kinyamasika in Fort Portal Diocese, Western Uganda was recently appointed the new Bishop of Kasese Catholic Diocese replacing Bishop Egidio Nkaijanabwo who retired after clocking 79 years.

Speaking from St. Paul’s seminary, the Bishop Elect said, “I was surprised when I heard of the appointment because I had never desired to become a bishop. I had planned to live a quiet life after my retirement in December”.

According to Kibira, when he was called to the Apostolic Nuncio’s residence in Kampala and informed about the appointment, he first refused the responsibility.


“I spent seven days praying and seeking God’s guidance on how to go about this new responsibility. Finally, I accepted since I promised to be obedient and serve God for the whole of my life.”

Responding to queries about his 19 years reign as Rector St. Paul’s National Major Seminary, Kibira said that he was proud of leaving behind the most beautiful institution in Tooro region.

Kibira said that when he was appointed rector, the infrastructure was in a bad state and it needed refurbishing.

Fr Kibira with one of the orphaned kids

“When I received the appointed as a rector, I was not happy about it. I had to struggle, mobilise people, the church and the foreign funders to raise funds for the construction of the new buildings.”

He also said that as a rector, he was able to teach over 100 priests, who are now serving in different dioceses in the country.

“But the most challenging thing in priesthood is that as a human being you give up your own will to serve God, but sometimes people try to divert you, they want you to do what they want yet you desire to leave obedient.”

On his appointment as Bishop Kasese, an area that has in the past experienced ethnic tensions between the different ethnic groups, Fr. Kibira said that he is scared because he is stepping into what he called turbulent waters.

He however, said that as Bishop, his first task would be to encourage the ethnic groups to live as brothers and sisters in Christ.

“I’m a bit scared but I will pray and ask God to give me wisdom to enable me get a situation for Kasese. I will ensure that people in Kasese see one another as Humans and speak one language of love, leave together and develop one another.”

He also said that he is focusing on caring for others and will continue to live and serve as priest.

His main target is looking after the orphans and the needy people.

“I have offered support to over 1000 orphan children and majority have completed their studies and more 300 are still under education.”

Development activities

He struggled to mobilise funds and built the St. Paul’s National Major Seminary, the most beautiful Institution in Tooro Region.

He built a Good Standard boarding School that accommodates over 700 students in Bulyansungu Kitagwenda county in Kamwenge where he hails from.

St. Paul’s National Major Seminary

Extension of Gravity Flow scheme in Kigoto Kitagwenda through his own struggle where at least two families share one tap stand that supplies safe water.

Fr. Francis Aquirinus Kibira’s biography

He was born on April 16, 1958 in Kitagwenda County Kamwenge district.

He is the 7th born of 9 children to Mzee Sefronio and Constance Bakamunaga.

Education and career

1966-1971: Studied at Buryansungwe Primary School in Kitagwenda

1972-1976: Studied secondary education at St. Mary’s Minor Seminary Virika.

1977-1980: studied Philosophy at Katigondo National Seminary in Masaka.

1980-1981: went for Pastoral experience at Butiiti parish in Kyenjojo district.

1981-1984: Ggaba National Major Seminary Kampala, September 23rd 1984 ordained as a priest by Late Bishop Sarapio Magambo.

1984-1985: served as curate at Bukwali Parish in East Division, Fort Portal Municipality.

1985-1987: Teacher of Philosophy at Katigondo National Seminary.

1987-1992: He went for further studies in Rome, Italy.

1992: Curate at St. Charles Lwanga town Parish in Fort Portal Municipality.

1992-2014: Professor at St. Paul’s National Major Seminary Kinyamasika in Fort Portal.

1995-2014: Rector St. Paul’s National Major Seminary Kinyamasika Fort Portal.

2014: He was appointed Bishop of Kasese Diocese by His Holiness Pope Francis 1st.

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