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Sister Angela Luciana Laid to Rest



Late Sr. Angela Luciana Aserua laid to rest at Holy Trinity Monestery Ediofe



Bidibidi Refugee Settlements


Bishop Rt.Rev.Sabino Ocan Odoki pays visit to Refugees and Migrants


Refugees and Migrants


For Prayers During the Visit of Refugees and Migrants by Bishop of Arua Diocese

Procession to the Cathedral


Bishop Rt.Rev.Sabino is Joined by Our Priests of Arua Diocese during Procession








Celebrating Faith, Hope and Love
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History/Background of Arua Diocese

The Diocese of Arua is located in the northwestern part (also known as the West Nile region) of Uganda. The Diocese is bordered to the north by Catholic Diocese of Torit and the Diocese of Yei (both in South Sudan); to the south by Nebbi Catholic Diocese (Uganda); to the east by Gulu Archdiocese (Uganda);and to the west by Diocese of Mahagi-Nioka (in Democratic Republic of Congo). The Diocese covers nine civil districts and one City: Adjumani, Arua,Arua-city, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Obongi, Terego, Yumbe and parts of Zombo. The diocesan headquarter and the Cathedral is located at Ediofe Mission, Arua City.

The territory of Arua Diocese was originally part of Gulu Diocese. Erected as a Diocese on June 23, 1958, its Patrons are the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady, Mediatrix of all Graces. The original territory included what is now Nebbi Diocese; The Catholic Diocese of Nebbi was erected on March 15, 1996.

The first Bishop of Arua Diocese was Rt. Rev. Angelo Tarantino of the Comboni Missionaries. He served from 1958 to 1984. The second Bishop of Arua Diocese was Rt. Rev. Frederick Drandua, first served as Apostolic Administrator and then was consecrated Bishop of Arua on August 15, 1986.He served until his retirement on August 19, 2009. The third and current Bishop of Arua Diocese, Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, was consecrated a Bishop on October 21, 2006 when he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Gulu Archdiocese. On August 19, 2009, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Arua Diocese. He was then appointed Bishop of Arua Diocese on October 20, 2010.

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Monthly Upcoming events (October 2022)

  • 09 October, 2022
    New:

    Independence Day of the Republic of Ugnada

    10:00 Am - 6:00 Pm Uganda
  • 20 October, 2022
    New:

    Provincial Pilgrimage to Wii Polo, Paimol, Gulu Archdiocese

    10:00 Am - 6:00 Pm Gulu Archdiocese
  • 23 October, 2022
    New:

    World Mission Sunday

    10:00 Am - 6:00 Pm Arua Diocese

Daily Masses

  • Monday to Saturday


    Monday - Saturday 7:00 Am - 7:40 Am Ediofe Cathedral Church
  • Confession Schedules


    Saturday


    Saturdays 5:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm
    Ediofe Cathedral Church
  • Sunday Masses

    Sunday


    First Mass (Lugbara) 7:00 Am - 9:00 Am Second Mass (English Language) 9:00 Am - 11:00 Am Third Mass (Lugbara) 11:00 Am - 1:00 Pm Ediofe Cathedral Church
About

Our Vision

A Diocese inspired by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, united, envangelized, sustainable and Missionary

Our Mission

To empower the people through the word of God, sacraments and cathechesis to be witnesses of the Good News of Christ by promoting a sustainable missionary Church for Holistic human development.

Our Core-Values

1. Sprituality
2. Love
3. Forgiveness and Justice
4. Collaboration and Team Work
5. Integrity and Accountability.

Bishop's Welcome Message to Official Website of Arua Diocese

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Welcome Message


On behalf of the Diocese of Arua and on my own behalf, I wish you a very good and a God inspired visit to our website.


May this website be a useful tool to communicate among ourselves the gift of faith, hope and love that we received at our baptism.


As we make use of this website, may we continue to enrich each other and grow together in the one family of God to which we all belong.


God bless you.



Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki

Bishop Of Arua Diocese

Our Bishops

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Bishop of Arua Diocese

Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki

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2nd Bishop of Arua Diocese

Late Fedrick Drandua

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1st Bishop of Arua Diocese

Late Angelo Tarantino

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Administration

Meet Our Administrators, Board of Consultors & Head of Departments

Diocesan Administration: Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, Bishop Ordinary, Msgr. Casto Adeti Vicar General,Moderator of Curia and Episcopal Vicar for Ediofe Viacarate, Msgr. Mathias Miradua Episcopal Vicar for Lodonga Vicariate, Msgr. Elizeo Ovure Episcopal Vicar For Moyo Vicariate, Refugees and Migrants, Rev. Fr. Norbert Azale Chancellor.

Diocesan Board of Consultors: Rt.vRev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, Bishop Ordinary, Msgr. Casto Adeti, Msgr. Elizeo Ovure, Msgr. Louis Ajusi, Rev. Fr. Norbert Azale, Rev. Fr. Dominic Tamale,MIDM, Rev.Fr. William A'bukua, Rev.Fr. Pius Yobuta, Rev.Fr.Asiku Alfred Tulu.

Diocesan Heads of Departments:Msgr. Casto Adeti (Moderator Curia), Rev. Fr. Ukuni Francis Xavieri (Finance Administrator), Rev. Fr. James Edema (Pastoral Coordniator), Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Asega (Education Secretary), Rev. Fr. Tonino Joseph Pasolini (Communication & Information Secretary),Rev. Fr. Francis Angela,AJ (Religious Education Advisor), Rev. Fr. William A'bukua (Vocations Director),Rev. Fr. William Andima (Youth Champlain),Rev.Fr. Pius Yobuta(Director-Pontifical Missionary Societies), Mrs. Martha Tiperu (Lay Apostolate Coordinator), Mr. Abele Emmanuel Moro (Director Caritas Arua Diocese), Rev. Sr. Atayo Cecilia (Health Coordinator).

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Bishop

Rt.Rev.Sabino Ocan Odoki
Vicar General

Msgr. Casto Adeti
Mathias

Msgr. Mathiasi Miradua
Elizeo

Msgr.Elizeo Ovure
Norbert

Rev.Fr. Norbert Azale
Louis

Msgr. Louis Ajusi

SUNDAY MASS READINGS

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           Catholic Sunday Mass Readings for September 25 2022, Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C- Sundau homily
          


   First Reading:-------------------- "Amos 6:1A, 4-7"


     Responsorial Psalm:------------------ " Psalms 146:7, 8-9, 9-10"


             Second Reading: -------------"1 Timothy 6:11-16"

      Alleluia: -------------" 2 Corinthians 8:9 "

      Gospel:------------------- "Luke 16:19-31"





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Some Interesting Facts About Arua Diocese

183

Clergy

172

Religious Women(Sisters)

38

Religious Men(Brothers)

58

Major Seminarians

1,116

Catechists

60

Parishes

4

Vicariates

13

Deaneries

719+

Chapels

15

Health Facilities

14

Institutions

2,361,300+

Catholic Population

LATEST DIOCESE NEWS UPDATES

NEWS HEADLINES -   New 2022:   Late Sister Angela Luciana Aserua Laid to Rest   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:   St. Mary Assumpta Girls Senior Secondary School, Adjumani. Blessing of senior four candidates , Holy Sacrament of Confirmation, School day celebrations.   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:   Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakar giving a message of hope to the refugees at the settlements in Uganda   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:   2022 Annual Provinicial Pilgrimage. Indriani Holy Cross Pilgrimage centre and Shrine, Arua Diocese.   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:   Celebration of the first pastoral visit of Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, the Ordinary of Arua Diocese to St. Mary's Caplaincy-Muni University.   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:   Feast Day of Bishop Angelo Tarantino Memorial Secondary School. Ediofe-Arua Diocese.   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:   Bishop Alex of Yei Diocese visits his people living in Bidibidi Refugee Settlements.   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:   "Society today is Broken because families are living without God." Said Rt.Rev.Sabino Ocan Odoki.   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:    Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:   Marian Brothers Elects Rev. Br. Pontius Erema as Supreme Moderator of the 8th Chapter.   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:    Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:   PICTORIAL: CELEBRATION OF THE PRIESTLY SILVER JUBILEE OF REV.FR.ACIDRI AQUILINO   Click here to continue Reading....||    New 2022:    Click here to continue Reading....||       The Diocese of Arua, Office of Refugee and Migrants Vicariate held the first meeting of the Board of Commission.   Click here to continue Reading....||       Thanks Giving Mass of Sr.Mary Livia Aseru. Aripea - Arua 18th June 2022.   Click here to continue Reading....||       The Family of the Former State Minister for Local Government Alex Aadroa Onzima commemorates the 2nd Anniversary of the Death of their Mother Mama Roza Munu:   Click here to continue Reading....||       Mother Mary Of All Graces Ombokolo Church elevated to Eucharistic Center:   Click here to continue Reading....||       Arua Dioceses Ordained two Priests.   Click here to continue Reading....||        Click here to continue Reading....||       Memorial mass for the repose of the soul of Sr.Stella Leru.   Click here to continue Reading....||       Bishop Sabino Visits Arua Referral Hospital and Blesses the Sick.   Click here to continue Reading....||       Oluko Parish constructs a new church   Click here to continue Reading....||       Bishop Sabino Consecrates Mundru Rwe Church   Click here to continue Reading....||       Another Eucharistic Centre in Arua City.   Click here to continue Reading....||       Omabci Parish Celebrates the Life of Fr. Sartori Bernato   Click here to continue Reading....||       Consecration of newly built Church, St.Joseph Bolomoni , refugee Settlement;  Rt.Rev Sabino Ocan Odoki has appealed to the refugees at Bolomoni refugee settlements to always remember that God is intervening in their struggles.   Click here to continue Reading....||       Tara Sub-Parish is now a full Parish."Be vigilant and continue growing in Love,Faith, and Hope." Says Bishop Sabino.   Click here to continue Reading....||       PICTORAIL: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY CELEBRATION IN ARUA. POLICE GROUNDS.   Click here to continue Reading....||       Bishop Sabino calls for Lenten prayers for peace in Ukraine.   Click here to continue Reading....||       MIDM celebrates Perpetual Profession of Religious Brothers.   Click here to continue Reading....||       Mass Wedding Celebration at Koboko Catholic Parish 20th January 2022.   Click here to continue Reading....||        Click here to continue Reading....||        Click here to continue Reading....||       Bishop Sabino Celebrates 15th Episcopal Anniversary Wednesday 5th Jan 2022 at Layibi Anywang Under the theme rooted in Christ Love.   Click here to continue Reading....||       Perpetual profession of Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church.  Click here to continue Reading....||       76 Christians confirmed at Addu Sub-Parish.   Click here to continue Reading....||       Four Catechists of Nyadri Parish installed as Extra-ordinary Eucharistic Ministers.  Click here to continue Reading....||       St.Joseph the Worker, Anzu Chapel elevated to a Eucharistic Center.  Click here to continue Reading....||       Confirmation at Eruba Parish  Click here to continue Reading....||       Memorial Mass of Fr. Paul Maguma at Ajia Parish  Click here to continue Reading....||       Radio Pacis launches a new Frequency 99.7 FM in Moyo  Click here to continue Reading....||       Bishop Sabino Launches Synod on Synodality in Arua Diocese.  Click here to continue Reading....||    New:   Hon. John Arumadri Drazu Laid to Rest  Click here to continue Reading....||      Greater West Nile Youth Forum(GWNYF) Launched Organic Crop Produce at Arua Technical Institute Ragem.  Click here to continue Reading....||       The Feast of The Exaltation of The Cross  Click here to continue Reading....||       Parish Priest of Oriajini Warns Against Abuse of Crucifixes  Click here to continue Reading....||       A Priest and two Deacons Ordained at Ombaci- Holy Cross, Catholic Parish. 4th September 2021.  Click here to continue Reading....||      Bishop Sabino appoints new Diocesan Youth Chaplain and Rector for Pokea Seminary  Click here to continue Reading....||    New:  Bishop Of Arua Diocese Rt.Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki appoints Assistant Pastoral Coordinators and Rev.Fr.Mathew Oledra Appointed as the Dean of Arivu Deanery.  Click here to continue Reading....||   New:  St. Kizito Orphanange Primary School in Arua Diocese is the Best in PLE 2021 in Arua City||   Fr.Paul Maguma Adriko Laid to Rest at Pokea Catholic Parish-Pictorials. 2nd June 2021.  Click here to continue Reading....||   Kodoa Eucharistic Center in Obi Parish has Previlege to Reserve the Blessed Sacrament.30th May 2021.||   Arua Diocese loses a Priest- Fr.Paul Maguma Acidri.29th May 2021.||   Lodonga Minor Basilica Celebrates 60th Anniversary.29th May 2021.||   Rev. Fr. Valente Jatho Celebrates Golden Jubilee in Priesthood.27th May 2021.||   Bishop Sabino installs the first Parish Priest for Simbili Sub-Parish.16th May 2021.||    100 Candidates Recieved Sacrement of Confirmation at Kamaka Sub-Parish.2nd May 2021||  "Imitate your Patron Saint," Bishop Sabino tells Christians of Omugo Parish.1st May 2021||  Lugbari Celebrates First Anniversary as a Parish.30th April 2021.||  Arua Diocese holds diocesan celebration of Vocations Sunday.25th April 2021.||  Two Priests and a Deacon Ordained at Christ the King Parish Arua City.24th April 2021.||  ||  Joy as a new Priest and a new Deacon are Ordained at Aripea Parish.17th April 2021.||  2021 Easter Celebration at Ediofe Catholic Cathedral.4th April 2021.||  Hundreds gather to celebrate Chrism at Ediofe Cathedral.31st March 2021.||  Palm Sunday Celebration.28th March 2021.||  Bishop Sabino Blesses PLE Candidates of St. Kizito Orphans Primary School Arua.25th March 2021||  ||  Former Headmistress of Addu Secondary School Ms. Aseru Sandy holds a Thanks Giving Mass at her home in Addu.13th March 2021.||  Bishop Sabino joins in the celebration of International Women's Day.8th March 2021||  Malteser International handed over a new Maternity Ward to Arua Diocese. 25th February 2021||  A total of 250 Christians Confirmed at Ocoko Catholic Parish, Arua Diocese.19th February 2021||  Bishop Sabino publishes banns for ordinations.15th February 2021||  Greater West Nile Youth Forum (GWNYF) Trained over 100 Youth Leaders at Christus Center , Arua Diocese.15th February 2021||  Appeal for more quality vocations in Arua.9th August 2020.||   FOR MORE NEWS: Click here


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Pictoral: Late Sister Angela Luciana Aserua Laid to Rest

Late Sister Angela Luciana Aserua Laid to Rest at Holy Trinity Monestary Ediofe.


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Blessing of senior four candidates , Holy Sacrament of Confirmation, School day celebrations.

St. Mary Assumpta Girls Senior Secondary School, Adjumani. Blessing of senior four candidates , Holy Sacrament of Confirmation, School day celebrations.

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Bishop Sakar gives message of hope

Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakar giving a message of hope to the refugees at the settlements in Uganda

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Pictoral: 2022 Annual Provinicial Pilgrimage. Indriani Holy Cross Pilgrimage centre and Shrine, Arua Diocese.

2022 Annual Provinicial Pilgrimage. Indriani Holy Cross Pilgrimage centre and Shrine, Arua Diocese.


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