MASAKA — A somber mood engulfed Bukalasa Minor Seminary cemetery, Kalungu District, Monday as mourners gathered to give Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Ssetuuma a befitting send off.
The somber mood got heightened as Fr. Ssetuuma’s body was being lowered into the grave, bringing to an earthly end the life of a priest who has served the Church until his death.
Fr. Ssetuuma suddenly passed away on Saturday morning while reportedly entering his car to go and say a Mass for the Sisters at Kitovu Convent
The Church said he collapsed and died immediately at Kitovu Rest House after what was believed be to a heart attack.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, attendance at the funeral Mass was restricted to very few people including the clergy, Religious and dignitaries in the Diocese.
The funeral Mass and burial were presided over by Masaka Diocesan Bishop Serverus Jjumba who expressed his sadness upon the sudden death of Fr. Ssetuuma and extended condolences to the clergy, religious and the lay faithful of the Masaka Diocese and the Ggaba National Seminary.
“Rev. Fr. Ssentuuma has been committed and developmental, passionate to his service and dependable,” Bishop Jjumba said, adding the diocese has lost a great person in Fr. Ssentuuma.
Bishop Jjumba acknowledged that the sudden death of Fr. Ssetuuma was very shocking, hard to believe, and had caused a lot of grief among those who knew him.
He called on the mourners not to be afraid but rather find consolation in the Word of God.
Fr. Dr. Ssetuuma who was a former Chaplain of St. Charles Lwanga Kasasa Secondary School in Masaka Diocese was also teaching at Ggaba National Seminary in Kampala.
He was a great writer, and the head of small Christian Communities in Masaka Diocese.