Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, The life and times of fallen Kampala Archbishop

Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was a Ugandan Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala until April 3, 2021 when he was found dead in house.

Lwanga was appointed as Archbishop of Kampala on 19 August 2006 and below is his full biography.

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Who is Cyprian Kizito Lwanga?

His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was born on 19 January 1953 at Kyabakadde Village, in Naggalama Parish, Lugazi Diocese in present-day Mukono District in the Buganda Region of Uganda.

His Late Father Joseph Nsubuga Wamala was a catechist and he died in 1983.

He attended Kyabakadde Primary School. He entered Nyenga Seminary in 1964. Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, in present-day Kalungu District.

He then studied Theology at Ggaba National Seminary, in Kampala. In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, were he studied administration and languages, with particular emphasis on administration.

In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France) to study a course in administration and languages, with particular focus on administration.

He was appointed Chaplain of His Holiness in 1986. In 1994, he was awarded a Doctorate in Canon Law of the Pontifical Urban University in Rome.

Later, he studied at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where in 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law.

Lwanga as a catholic priest

Dr. Cyprian Kizito lwanga was first ordained as a priest on 8 April 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga. He served as a priest of Kampala Archdiocese until 30 November 1996.

Lwanga as a bishop

Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was appointed first bishop of the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero on 30 November 1996 and consecrated bishop on 1 March 1997 at Kasana-Luweero, by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Bishop Joseph Bernard Louis Willigers, Bishop of Jinja and Bishop Paul Lokiru Kalanda, Bishop of Fort Portal.

On 19 August 2006, he was appointed the third Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala and was installed as the third Archbishop of Kampala on 30 September 2006 at Rubaga Cathedral, succeeding Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, who resigned.

On 2 February 2020 Lwanga issued a decree that Catholics in the archdiocese of Kampala could only receive Holy Communion on the tongue and not on the hand.

Archbisop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was known for his Motto, ‘Ora et Labora ut Habeant Vitam’ which means that, ‘Pray and work so as to have life to the full’. These words, he adopted from the Motto of St. Benedict (480 AD – 550 AD). He further states that prayer calls for work as work is watered by prayer.

May His Soul Rest in Eternal peace!

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