Reverend Lambert Bainomugisha has been enthroned as the second Archbishop for Mbarara Catholic Archdiocese.
Rev. Byamugisha was enthroned at a ‘scientific’ ceremony held on Saturday, 20th June at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, in Nyamitanga Mbarara District following the retirement of Archbishop Paul Kamuza Bakyenga who turned 75, the retirement age of Catholic prelates.
The ceremony was graced by about 150 invited guests in observation of the government directives on social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Religious leaders, government officials and a section of Mbarara Archdiocese also graced the Archbishop- Elect Bainomugisha’s enthronement.
The installation was presided over by Apostolic Nuncio of Uganda, Archbishop Luigi Bianco who will later take a message to the Pope.
The seat symbolizes the archbishop’s teaching and apostolic authority and Byamugisha received a shepherd’s staff which is the symbol of his pastoral authority.
Archbishop Bainomugisha was appointed by Pope Francis on April 25, replacing the retired Archbishop Paul Bakyenga.
Rev. Bainomugisha served as an assistant at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Rubindi, Mbarara (1991-1994), chaplain at Corpus Christi Chaplaincy of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2002-2003), and as the Chancellor of Mbarara Archdiocese from 2000-2005.
He was nominated as the Auxiliary Bishop of Mbarara with the titular see of Tacia montana but also received the Episcopal Ordination on October 1, 2005.
On November 13, 2009, he was nominated as the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Hoima, which responsibility he carried out till February 29, 2016.