The Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Msgr Raphael Pmony Wokorach
The Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Bishop Elect Msgr Raphael Pmony Wokorach will be Live on Ugandan Catholics Online YouTube Channel, Uganda Catholic Television, Ugandan Catholics Online Website,Radio Maria Nebbi, different Tv and Radio stations.
In the interview by the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) in conjunction with Uganda Episcopal Youth Apostolate and Ugandan Catholics Online published on Wednesday, June 9 2021, Msgr. Raphael Wokorach, a member of the Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ), talked about his vocation , also his missionary experiences.
“I started serving as an altar boy when I was still young. This shaped my passion to serve God as a Priest. I also attended St. Peter’s Junior Seminary in Arua for my secondary education,” Msgr. Wokorach said.The Ugandan-born Cleric who was appointed Bishop for Nebbi Catholic Diocese on March 31 added that his missionary experiences and the accompanying hardships have served to strengthen his Priestly ministry.
“I have worked in many places that proved challenging to me as a priest. I worked in DR Congo at a time when the country had serious insecurity and poverty issues and this strengthened me,” Msgr. Wokorach.
The native of Uganda’s Arua Diocese spoke about the people he has impacted in his Priestly service by guiding them to God’s service.
“When I was in DR Congo, I mentored a lot of young people who went ahead to become Priests and Nuns,” he recalls his missionary experience in DR Congo’s Kisangani Archdiocese.
He added in reference to those he has inspired to join the Priesthood and Religious Life, “When I was appointed as the Bishop of Nebbi Diocese, a lot of them called in congratulating me. This gives me energy to move on,” said the Bishop elect who served in DR Congo’s Kisangani Archdiocese.He said he put the youth under his pastoral care in formation groups used Bible figures as examples to teach them, thus learning human and Christian values at the Parish, a formation they could not get in their respective schools.“God wants us to be human in the right way. We need good soil, which plants will grow from. This is a big challenge today,” he said, and added, “I believe in life we need to be guided in our choices. We cannot be right in everything we do and we need the right people to guide us. I treasure guidance.”“We should learn to listen to the right voices which can help us grow. This is fundamental and it is what I have always believed in my mission,” he further says in the interview posted June 9.
Born in January 1961 in the Catholic Diocese of Arua, the Bishop-elect was ordained a Priest in September 1993 by the then Bishop of Nebbi Diocese, Martin Luluga.The Comboni missionary who has served as formator in multiple countries in Africa including Kenya and Togo has also served as lecturer at Kenya-based Tangaza University College, member of the Provincial Council of Kenya and Vice Provincial, and Apostolic Visitor of the Religious Missionary Institute of the Apostles of Jesus (AJ) – from 2015-2018.
On 21 June 2018, Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) appointed him the Pontifical Commissary of the Kenya-based AJ, a role he handed over to Fr. Angelo Bettelli, a member of Canossian Sons of Charity (FDCC) on May 31.