Monsignor Serverus Jjumba has been appointed new bishop for Masaka Diocese.
Jjumba’s appointment was announced by the Apostolic Nunciature on Tuesday in a document signed by spokesperson Luigi Bianco.
The document reads “The apostolic Nunciature has the joy to announce that Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Msgr Serverus Jjumba, as the new Bishop of Masaka Diocese.”
His appointment follows the resignation of Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa. Bishop Kaggwa sent to a letter Pope Francis in 2018 informing him that he had hit his retirement age (75) and beyond which the laws of Catholic will not allow him to serve.
According to Bianco’s document, Pope Francis first accepted Kaggwa’s letter and accepted to appoint Jjumba.
“This appointment comes after accepting the resignation letter from the pastoral care of the diocese presented by Rt. Rev. John Baptist Kaggwa upon having reached the age limit,” reads the document.
During the reign of Bishop Kaggwa, Jjumba served as the Vicar General of Masaka Diocese from 2014.
Bishop Jjumba was born on August 2, 1962 and attended St. Augustine’s and St. Paul’s Kitovu for his primary education. He completed his secondary education from Bukalasa Minor Seminary, Masaka before joining St. Thomas Aquinas major Seminary in Katigondo Masaka, for his Philosophical studies.
Having completed his theological studies at St. Mary’s National Major Seminary Ggaba, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Masaka on June 20, 1992. He served as a curate in Mpambire Parish (1992-1993), as a teacher and bursar of Bukalasa Minor Seminary (1993 – 2000) and Diocesan Treasurer (2000 – 2014). He was appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia on April 15, 2014.
He holds a diploma in Religious Studies and a Master’s in Education from Makerere University.