Simon Onziga

With just days to re-open and re consecrate Sacred heart Cathedral Ediofe; preparations are already in advanced stages though the church is not fully renovated.

The chairman organizing committee, Charles Andrua is optimistic of the ongoing arrangements, there are two committees in place to organize the day.

He stresses that though works are ongoing, the cathedral won’t be ready on 25th February 2017 for use however Charles says the workers are busy.

There are two committees in Kampala and Arua to organize the re-opening   and re consecration of the cathedral though they will be merged together.

Monica Vurasia the treasurer of the organizing committee says, three quarters of the resources are already at hand.

The budget for the event is about 22 million but so far 15 million has been achieved, members of GANAL, Central Organizing Committee and other Christians have been urged to contribute to remaining funds.

Sr. Grace Chandiru, a member of the publicity committee for the re-opening and re consecration says they have already sent out invitation for the day though they are yet to send more.

“Officially there is a guest list of 4,000 people for the event but everybody is welcome”

All Christians of Arua diocese are invited for the re-opening and re consecration

The ceremonies will be presided over by His Excellence, Mons Vicenzo Paglia the president of the pontifical academy for life in Rome.

History

In June 1928, feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Msgr. Vignato Antonio, a Comboni Missionary, consecrated the newly built church of Ediofe and dedicated it to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The church, the future Cathedral of Arua Diocese, measures 45 x 14 meters.

It was built without using cement and the termites during these 87 years have found the way to invade the walls and to destroy part of the timber of the roof.

Besides, the number of Christians has increased dramatically.

The need of renovating and extending the cathedral was felt several years ago.

A group of engineers and other professionals, born in Arua but living in Kampala, volunteered to prepare a new plan and organize some fundraising.

In April 2013 Bishop Sabino O. Odoki wrote a personal letter to each adult Catholic of the diocese asking a donation of UGX 5,000 (about $2) for the renovation and extension of the cathedral.

The Cathedral is reroofed. Plastering the walls of the interior of the Cathedral is ongoing.

Windows are under construction. End