Fort Portal Diocese Celebrates Death Anniversary of Servant of God Bishop Vincent McCauley

Fort Portal Diocese Celebrates Death Anniversary of Servant of God Bishop Vincent McCauley

Fort Portal Diocese Celebrates Death Anniversary of Servant of God Bishop Vincent McCauley

On the 3rd of November, Fort Portal Catholic diocese commemorated the anniversary of death of Servant of God Bishop Vincent Joseph McCauley, who doubles as the pioneer Bishop of Fort Portal diocese. Bishop Vincent McCauley died of cancer after many surgeries on his face on the 1st November 1982. Providentially the 1st of November is also celebrated in the Catholic Church as All Saints Day.
 
Delivering his homily to hundreds of congregants at Virika Cathedral in Fort Portal City, Rt.Rev.Dr.Robert Muhiirwa Akiiki, the bishop of Fort Portal diocese appealed to Christians to emulate the virtues of Servant of God Bishop McCauley, and renew their faith. Describing the life of his predecessor, Bishop Muhiirwa noted that Bishop McCauley was a good shepherd who was always concerned about the well-being of his people. Bishop Muhiirwa highlighted McCauley’s love for children, the youth, adults, the sick, refugees, the poor; and he noted the incredible dedication McCauley had to the social transform of the people McCauley Shepherded.

Bishop Muhiirwa, further revealed that Bishop McCauley invested in healthcare through Virika hospital; and he promoted access to good education through schools such as St Leo’s College Kyegobe and St Mary’s Minor Seminary that nurtured many people for service in the Church and outside the Church. Together with other bishops in Uganda, they established Ggaba National Major Seminary for the theological formation of future priests.

 Msgr.Thomas Kisembo, who worked closely with Bishop McCauley, described McCauley as a kind leader who believed in truth and Unity and transformation for the betterment of the Christians he led. Tom Bright, the Kyegegwa district Member of Parliament who was the Chief Guest at the commemoration appealed to Christians to work hard and leave a good legacy like for Bishop McCauley. He appealed to parents to recognize the importance of nurturing their children spiritually by praying with them always so as to prepare them well for the future.

Mr Adolf Kamara, the Fort Portal diocese publicity chairperson for the Cause of Bishop McCauley, explained that the Bishop McCauley Memorial week included a Novena, a Charity Walk from Virika to St.Charles Lwanga City Parish, a one day health camp , and it concluded with Mass presided by Bishop Muhiirwa. Mr.Kamara noted that the journey of seeking the canonization of Bishop McCauley to sainthood continues, and people are encouraged to pray through the intercession of the Servant of God and send to the diocese testimonies of favors received through his intercession.

Servant of God Bishop McCauley was a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross who served as the first Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese. After his resignation as the Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese, McCauley served as the Executive Director of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa from 1972 to 1979 a role he used in the establishment of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. After his death in 1992 due to cancer, McCauley’s Cause for Canonization as a Saint was opened by the Congregation of Holy Cross in August 2006. McCauley is currently at the stage of a “Servant of God.”