KAMPALA — The Catholic Church has announced that the funeral for Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga will be held on Thursday and the late Archbishop will be buried immediately after the service at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga, the parent cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, the oldest Roman Catholic Diocese in Uganda.
The last mass for the fallen Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala for 15 years will be presided over by Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa, the Chairperson Uganda Episcopal Conference, according to a tentative programme released Sunday 4.
Archbishop Lwanga was found dead in his room Saturday morning. He was 68, and had preached at an ecumenical Way of the Cross the preceding evening.
The Ugandan bishops’ conference said April 3 that “the members of the Conference extend their condolences to the Clergy, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Kampala, and the Catholic Church in Uganda.”
Archbishop Lwanga had taken part on Good Friday in the annual ecumenical Way of the Cross at Namirembe Cathedral, Kampala’s Anglican cathedral.
“Jesus died for you, he died for me, he died for all of humanity. I wish a very, very…successful Way of the Cross,” Archbishop Lwanga said at the beginning of the Way of the Cross April 2.
Sources said the burial programme has been drawn by all Catholic Bishops who convened on Saturday night to discuss the funeral rites and place of burial.
The programme indicates the funeral service will be held Thursday at Lubaga Cathedral and fallen Archbishop will be buried at Lubaga Cathedral in Bishops Crypt.
The here is the burial programme
The burial program stipulates that a requrium mass be held as the cathedral on Monday 5th April, led by the Bishop of Luweero Diocese, Paul Ssemogerere.
Another Mass has been scheduled at Kyamukadde, in Lugazi diocese where Archbishop Lwanga was born. Former auxiliary Bishop of Kampala Christopher Kakooza is expected to preside over the Eucharistic celebration.
On April 7th, at 10.00 am, the late archbishop’s body will arrive at Lubaga Cathedral and mass will be celebrated in remembrance of the fallen Catholic prelate. Mass is expected to be led by the Bishop of Masaka Diocese, Bishop Severus Jumba. A vigil at the cathedral will also be held.
At 10.00 am Thursday April 8th, a requiem mass will be held at Lubaga cathedral and later burial will take place at the same place. The chairperson of the Uganda episcopal conference, Bishop Joseph Anthony Ziwa is expected to lead Mass.
Afted the funeral, the main task for the Bishops will be to choose a successor to the Archbishop.