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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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 ordination was presided over by Arua Diocese Bishop, Rt.Rev.Sabino Ocan Odoki on the 29th of July 2023 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Ediofe Cathedral, Arua City.In his homily, Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki delivered a message of encouragement to the newly
The celebration attracted priests, religious, politicians, friends, business men and women including the member of parliament for Ayivu East, Hon.Geoffrey Feta, commissioner at the ministry of tourism Mr.Candia Leon, commissioner, ministry of Land and Urban Development, L.C.V Moyo, Hon.Anyama William, Vice L.C.V Moyo, Hon. J.B Asosi amongst other dignitaries. .....
Arua Diocese Embarks on the Construction of an Exquisite Pharmaceutical Warehouse for Joint Medical Stores. The day of 9th July 2023 witnessed the grand inauguration of the construction for Arua Diocese's Pharmaceutical Warehouse. This facility, intended to be utilized by Joint Medical Stores (JMS), will serve as a repository for medicinal supplies catering to the regions of West Nile, Eastern Congo, and South Sudan.
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.