By Amony Immaculate

The Bishop-Elect of Soroti Catholic Diocese has said his appointment as Bishop was a big surprise to him, considering his age.

In an exclusive interview, the soft-spoken bishop-elect, Dr. Joseph Eciru Oliach said as he contemplated about the appointment, the Nuncio to Uganda reminded him about the will of the Holy Father Pope Francis. “That was a shock to me because personally I had never thought of such an office, given also the fact that, I think at my age, I would qualify to be the diocesan bishop of Soroti”, the new bishop expressed.

The Bishop-elect elect also spoke about his earlier ambition to serve in his Diocese as a priest but not as a bishop. He said, “All along I have been thinking that once we get a bishop, my interest would have been to ask him to recall me to be involved in the ministry back at home with pastoral work”.

Asked about the people’s expectations from him as the first native Bishop amidst the challenges of poverty and erratic rains for crop production, the Bishop-elect says the solution is on fighting Global Warming.

He called on all Ugandans of faith to turn up for his ordination on 25th May in Soroti Diocese. Rt. Rev. Born in Gweri village, Madera Sub-county in Soroti district, on August 1, 1970, Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Eciru Oliech, 48, shall in May be consecrated as the youngest Bishop under Uganda Episcopal Conference. Fr. Dr. Joseph Eciru Oliech shall after his installation conduct his pastoral duties in the political districts of Bukedea, Ngora, Kumi, Kaberamaido, Kapyelebong, Katakwi and the seat, Soroti.

Brief Education Facts

He attended St Aloysius Demonstration Primary School before joining St Peters Seminary Madera, Soroti, and later St Pius X Seminary Nagongera, Tororo. He also attended his Philosophicum at St Thomas Aquinas National Seminary Katigondo, Masaka, Theologicum at St Paul National Seminary Kinyamasika, Fort-Portal. End