Rev Fr Raphael Wokorach was over the weekend installed as the 4th bishop of Nebbi Catholic Diocese, at a cold ceremony attended by only a handful of people.
The consecration which was slated for June 26, 2021, was postponed further as at that time, the country was still under the 42-day lockdown enforced by the President to fight Covid-19 nationwide.
The diocesan seat fell vacant two years ago after the Pope transferred the then Bishop Linus Wanok to Lira Catholic diocese and appointed Msgr Emmanuel Odaga as the Diocesan Administrator till March 31st when Rev. Wokorach was appointed to fill the void as the new Bishop.
Presiding over the consecration, Gulu Archbishop John Baptist Odama acknowledged the low mood of the high-profile function.
“People would be dancing Agwara (traditional West Nile dance) here but today we celebrate it inside the cathedral. We should continue praying so that people of God are free and redeemed from sin. The people should be united in Christ,” he said.
Archbishop Odama also urged the new bishop to serve the people.
“Be a faithful steward and always be mindful of Jesus Christ, the good shepherd, and don’t hesitate to lay down your life for the flock, the poor, the weak, immigrants, and strangers,” he said.
In his speech after being installed, Bishop Wokorach said: “We have waited for this day for a long time because of several adjustments over Covid-19. But it has come with a spirit of joy. I pledge to remain committed to ensure peace, love, and unity exist in the diocese.”
He added; “We have to develop this land and especially where the first Comboni missionaries settled at Omach in Pakwach Town”
State minister for Northern Uganda Grace Kwiyucwiny, who represented President Museveni, urged the prelate to ensure that the Christians remain united in fighting poverty.
“The President has pledged to give you a car to help you in pastoral work and he will also call you,” Ms Kwiyucwiny said.