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.Learn More
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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.
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4. Collaboration and Team Work
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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
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. Rev. 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 Head 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).Viwe All >>
The anniversary celebration was well attended and graced by religious leaders; the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, Most Rev. Luigi Bianco, The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Gulu, His Grace John Baptist Odama, Bishop of Nebbi diocese, Rt. Rev. Raphael p'Mony Wokorach, Bishop of Kotido diocese, Rt. Rev. Dominic Eibu. There were many Priests, the Religious (missionaries, nuns,brothers).
Bishop Raphael p'Mony Wokorach, Bishop of Nebbi Catholic Diocese commended Radio Pacis for promoting peace and unity in the region of West Nile, South Sudan and eatern parts of Congo. Bishop made the remarks during the celebration of the 19th anniversary and launch of Radio Pacis Bureau that took place on the 25th of October 2023 at Nebbi Diocese Media Center, Nebbi District. . .....
Archbishop John Baptist Odama passionately conveys a message of His Holiness Pope Francis to the resilient community at Yoyo Zone, Bidi-bidi Refugee Settlements in Yumbe District, Arua Diocese. This was during the commemoration of the International Day for Refugees and Migrants that was held in Bidibidi Refugee Settlements, Yoyo Zone three, Yumbe district , Arua Diocese.
In a splendid commemoration, the 114th Anniversary Celebration of the first Eucharist in Uganda was led jointly by Mapeera Nabulagala Catholic parish kampala Archdiocese and Arua Diocese - Kampala Catholic Community. The Eucharistic ceremony was graced by the presence of the Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, Bishop of the Diocese of Arua, who guided the celebration with reverence. Adding to the atmosphere of joy and beauty, the St. John the Baptist choir from Mapeera Nabulagala Catholic Parish filled the air with their delightful melodies, creating an unforgettable experience for all.