KABALE – Kabale Catholic Diocese is mourning one of their priests who died in the US on Wednesday.
Rev Fr. Dr. Vincent Musabyimana was found dead in his room in the USA where he had gone during this holiday. He was set to return yesterday only to be found dead by the one who was taking him to the airport. Fr Musabyimana was ordained priest on 01. 09. 1996.
He is also the elder brother to Dr. Jerome Mugisha, the Medical Director of Mutolere Hospital. It was not immediately clear what led to the priest’s death. The diocesan communications department promised to provide more details later.
Kabale Diocese was erected on 17th April 1966, being separated from Mbarara Diocese which up to 1956 formed part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Rwenzori. On its inception as diocese, the Most Rev.Bishop Gervasius Placidus Nkalanga (R.I.P) of Bukoba Diocese, a native of Tanzania was appointed Apostolic Administrator of this newly erected Diocese.
Three years later, on August 1, 1969, Bishop Emeritus Barnabas R. Halem’Imana (R.I.P) was appointed and consecrated as the first native Residential Bishop. He retired on July 15, 1994 and was succeeded by Bishop Emeritus Robert Mary Gay (M. Afr) (R.I.P) who was first appointed as Apostolic Administrator but was on March 9, 1996 ordained Bishop. He retired in 2003 and was succeeded by the current Bishop, Rt.Rev. Callist Rubaramira. He was ordained Bishop at Rushoroza on June 8, 2003. Kabale is a suffragan Diocese within the Archdiocese of Mbarara since 1999.