Retired Archbishop Odongo dies at 89

The Retired Archbishop James Odongo died on Friday morning at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala.

Retired Archbishop Odongo dies at 89

Fr Kevin Musisi, the vicar general of the archdiocese, said: “It is a sad moment that death has robbed us of our senior servant of God. We loved him but God loved him more and that could be the reason why he has called him” said Fr Kevin Musisi, the vicar general of the archdiocese.

Archbishop Odong was born in 1931 in Molo Sub-county, Tororo District.

Odongo attended his primary at Nyangole. He later joined Nyenga Seminary,in the current Lugazi archdiocese before going to Ggaba Major Seminary. 

He was chosen to go and study in Rome while he was still at Ggaba Major Seminary. 

In December 27, 1956 he was ordained priest, and has since then served in various parishes of Tororo Diocese.

In November 25, 1964, Odongo was appointed the education secretary in the Diocese of Tororo and served under the then bishop John Grief.

In August 19, 1968, he was appointed a full bishop serving for 43 years until in January 1, 1999 when Tororo Diocese was elevated to  an archdiocese. 

He was  the first archbishop  of Tororo until June 2007 when he retired.