Shock as Catholic priest collapses, dies

FILE PHOTO: Rev. Fr. Denis Isa Iranya

Arua, (UG): Catholic christians in the West Nile region are in profound shock following the death of Rev Fr Denis Iranya, the priest of Arua Diocese who collapsed during a meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Fr Iranya who has been serving as the parish priest of Holy Cross Indriani Pilgrim Centre Catholic Mission in Adjumani District was pronounced dead at Pioneer Hospital in Arua City where he was rushed for medical attention.

His untimely demise was confirmed by Rev Fr Ben Drici, the parish priest of Pakele Catholic Parish in Arua Diocese and the secretary for Pakele Denary in a statement.

“We are getting the tragic unbelievable sad news of the sudden death of our Dean and Parish Priest of Indriani, Rev. Fr. Denis Isa Iranya, that has just occurred in Arua,” Rev Drici’s statement reads in part.

According to the statement released, Fr Iranya collapsed while attending a meeting of diocesan Parish Priests at Christus center in Ediofe Cathedral in Arua City with preliminary medical indicating acute hypertension as the cause of the priest’s death.

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“He was rushed to Pioneer Hospital but shortly passed on due to acute hypertension,” said Drici.

Fr Iranya who belongs to the congregation of the Missionaries of Jesus the Divine Master previously served as the parish priest of St. Mary Assumpta catholic parish Oleba in Maracha district, Pakele catholic parish among parishes.

Phillip Inziku, a Christian of Oleba catholic parish described Fr Iranya as a dedicated and hardworking priest who laid solid foundation for the development of the parish.

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“I have received shocking news of the passing away of our first parish priest Fr Denis Eranya. May his soul rest in peace. We will never forget you and may you get your reward for the good work,” noted Inziku.

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