Rt Rev Lambert Bainomugisha has been appointed the new Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese.
The appointment of Bainomugisha by Pope Francis was announced on Saturday afternoon by the apostolic Nuncio Luigi Bianco.
“The Apostolic Nunciature has the Joy to announce that the Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Rt Rev Lambert Bainomumugisha as the new Archbishop of Mbarara,” the letter reads.
Bainomugisha replaces the Most Rev Paul Bakyenga who is resigning from the pastoral care of the archdiocese upon clocking the canonical age limit of 75 years.
The Rt. Rev. Lambert Bainomugisha was born 12th July 1961 at Kashumba, Bukanga, Isingiro in what was at that time the Diocese of Mbarara.
Studied primary school at Buhungiro, Kyabahesi and Kinyeje, he completed his secondary school from Kitabi Minor Seminary in Bushenyi District.
He did his philosophical studies at St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Katigondo in Masaka District. After having completed theological studies at St Mary’s National Major Seminary at Ggaba, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Mbarara on July 13, 1991.
He studied both in Uganda and in Canada and obtained a degree in Canon Law through the University of St Paul of Ottowa. He was ordained priest on 13 July 1991 at Mbarara Cathedral.
He exercised his pastoral ministry for several years in St Joseph the Worker Parish in Rubindi, Mbarara.
He then returned to Canada in 1994 to complete his studies. After returning to the Diocese, he was the Chancellor of the Archdiocese from 2000 to 2005.
On 2 July 2005 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Mbarara and Titular Bishop of Tacia Montana. He received episcopal consecration on 1 October the same year.
On 13 November, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Apostolic Administrator sedes plena et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the Diocese of Hoima, until a new Bishop of Hoima was ordained and appointed on 29 February 2016. Bishop Lambert then returned to the Archdiocese of Mbarara to continue his duties as Auxiliary Bishop.
Arcbishop-elect Bainomugisha is also the President of the Legal Service Commission and is a member of other commissions of the Uganda Episcopal Conference.