Saturday June 2020, Archbishop Lambert Bainomugisha will set records as he takes canonical possession of Mbarara Archdiocese in an installation ceremony scheduled to start at 11:00 a. At 58, he is now the youngest archbishop in Uganda and the first in the country to be installed in a ‘scientific’ ceremony.
Due to COVID-19 restriction of social distancing, only 100 people will be allowed inside the cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The archdiocese media relations director, Fr Charles Mutabaruka, said the guest list was painfully cut to 100 and has 10 bishops, 12 family members and 30 priests, who include six members of the Board of Consultors, episcopal vicars and deans of deaneries that are not in the border districts such as Isingiro, Ntungamo and Rubirizi.
The family delegation will include the archbishop’s mother, Matilda Kahwa Mugyenyi. His father, Yozefu Mugyenyi, passed away recently on April 8.
“The others are representatives of the laity and the youth, elders, catechists and government leaders. We also have afew members from the religious community, civil servants and a representative from the Church of Uganda and Muslim faith. Others are members of the organizing committee, choir members and aaltar server,” Mutabaruka explained.
He asked others to keep away from the cathedral premises in order to avoid conflict with the law enforcement teams. The proceedings can be followed on TV West, radio Maria and social media.
The chairperson of the liturgical committee, who is also liturgy coordinator in the archdiocese Fr Severinus Ndugwa, said Archbishop Bainomugisha will arrive at the door of the cathedral during the procession for Holy Mass. He will be received by the cathedral rector, Fr Richard Ssebugwawo, who is the Nyamitanga Cathedral parish priest. Ssebugwawo will present to the archbishop a crucifix, which he will kiss and proceed into the cathedral.
Ndugwa says once at the altar, Archbishop Emeritus Paul Bakyenga will invite the Pope’s representative in Uganda (Nuncio), Archbishop Luigi Bianco, to lead the proceedings.