Long Serving Priest,Msgr Joseph Kato Ssempungu, Laid to Rest.

Long Serving Priest,Msgr Joseph Kato Ssempungu, Laid to Rest.

It was a sombre mood in Masaka Catholic Diocese today on Thursday as the faithful lowered the casket of Msgr Joseph Kato Ssempungu.

Sources from the Diocese indicate Monsignor died in his room at Bisanje Catholic Parish. Aged 69, Monsignor, spent 43 years in Priesthood and a Vicar general for 23 years having served under the Late Bishop Ddungu And the Late Bishop Kaggwa.

Bishop Sereverus Jjumba led the function at Bukalasa cemetery where he was laid to rest.In his remarks, Bishop Jjumba asked Christians to pray for the priests as this and the past year have seen a lot of religious men and women go to meet the Lord.

Bishop Jjumba performing the commendation rites to Monsignor

The Ordinary of Masaka thanked the Lord for the life he has given to the deceased and also praised him for being faithful throughout his journey as a priest and Vicar general Masaka Diocese.

As the day’s proceedings went on, he also gave remarks on the talk of the Town about the issues relating to the Mailo Land. He asked members of parliament to do what is humanly possible to protect their grandparents’ land but also know that the land is the source of all wealth.

Biography For the Late

Msgr Ssempungu was born on August 31, 1952 to Heremenegildo Ggombya and Eularia Nakanwagi of Kyakonda Village, Biikira Parish in Kyotera District.

He was baptised on September 1, 1952 and confirmed into the Catholic religion on November 5, 1962.In 1961, Msgr Ssempungu joined St Augustine’s Primary School, Biikira in then Rakai District.

In 1968, he joined Kabuwoko Roman Catholic for his Senior One and later went to St Joseph’s Villa Maria from 1969 to 1971, where he attained his Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE). He later proceeded to Katigondo National Seminary from 1972 to 1974 where he studied Philosophy.

From 1974 to 1978, he enrolled for Theology studies at Ggaba National Seminary.Msgr Ssempungu became a Deacon on April 7, 1977 at Kitovu Cathedral and was ordained into Priesthood on May 7, 1978.

In 1978, he was appointed as the curex and later assigned as the Private secretary to Bishop Msgr Adrian Kivumbi Ddungu.