MBARARA – Mbarara Catholic Archbishop Lambert Bainomugisha has appointed Rev Fr Dr Saverinus Ndugwa the new Vicar General, the second highest office in a diocese.
Fr Ndugwa, who holds a PhD, has been serving in various positions in the archdiocese, replaces Msgr. John Barugahare.
Archbishop Bainomugisha has also appointed Rev Fr Dr Peter Kanyandago as the Episcopal Vicar for the Laity, replacing Rev Fr Paulino Mukasa
The appointments were rife given that Archbishop Bainomugisha was recently consecrated to the position and had to make changes.
As vicar of the bishop, the vicar general exercises the bishop’s ordinary executive power over the entire diocese and, thus, is the highest official in a diocese or other particular church after the diocesan bishop or his equivalent in canon law.
Fr Ndugwa has served in various positions in the church, including spiritual director and vice rector at Kitabi Seminary in the 1990s; and Rector of St Joseph’s Vocational School, Mbarara.
The Archdiocese of Mbarara has a total of 180 priests most of whom are serving in the 55 parishes of the archdiocese and several Catholic institutions within and outside the Diocese.