The Diocese of Arua is located in the northwestern part (also known as the West Nile region) of Uganda. The Diocese is bordered to the north by Catholic Diocese of Torit and the Diocese of Yei (both in South Sudan); to the south by Nebbi Catholic Diocese (Uganda); to the east by Gulu Archdiocese (Uganda);and to the west by Diocese of Mahagi-Nioka (in Democratic Republic of Congo). The Diocese covers nine civil districts and one City: Adjumani, Arua,Arua-city, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Obongi, Terego, Yumbe and parts of Zombo. The diocesan headquarter and the Cathedral is located at Ediofe Mission, Arua City.
The territory of Arua Diocese was originally part of Gulu Diocese. Erected as a Diocese on June 23, 1958, its Patrons are the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady, Mediatrix of all Graces. The original territory included what is now Nebbi Diocese; The Catholic Diocese of Nebbi was erected on March 15, 1996.
The first Bishop of Arua Diocese was Rt. Rev. Angelo Tarantino of the Comboni Missionaries. He served from 1958 to 1984. The second Bishop of Arua Diocese was Rt. Rev. Frederick Drandua, first served as Apostolic Administrator and then was consecrated Bishop of Arua on August 15, 1986.He served until his retirement on August 19, 2009. The third and current Bishop of Arua Diocese, Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, was consecrated a Bishop on October 21, 2006 when he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Gulu Archdiocese. On August 19, 2009, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Arua Diocese. He was then appointed Bishop of Arua Diocese on October 20, 2010.Learn More
A Diocese inspired by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, united, envangelized, sustainable and Missionary
To empower the people through the word of God, sacraments and cathechesis to be witnesses of the Good News of Christ by promoting a sustainable missionary Church for Holistic human development.
3. Forgiveness and Justice
4. Collaboration and Team Work
5. Integrity and Accountability.
On behalf of the Diocese of Arua and on my own behalf, I wish you a very good and a God inspired visit to our website.
May this website be a useful tool to communicate among ourselves the gift of faith, hope and love that we received at our baptism.
As we make use of this website, may we continue to enrich each other and grow together in the one family of God to which we all belong.
God bless you.
Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki
Bishop Of Arua Diocese
Diocesan Administration: Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, Bishop Ordinary, Msgr. Casto Adeti Vicar General,Moderator of Curia and Episcopal Vicar for Ediofe Viacarate, Msgr. Mathias Miradua Episcopal Vicar for Lodonga Vicariate, Msgr. Elizeo Ovure Episcopal Vicar For Moyo Vicariate, Refugees and Migrants, Rev. Fr. Norbert Azale Chancellor.
Diocesan Board of Consultors: Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, Bishop Ordinary, Msgr. Casto Adeti, Msgr. Elizeo Ovure, Msgr. Louis Ajusi, Rev. Fr. Norbert Azale, Rev. Fr. Dominic Tamale,MIDM, Rev.Fr. William A'bukua, Rev.Fr. Pius Yobuta, Rev.Fr.Asiku Alfred Tulu.
Diocesan Head of Departments: Msgr. Casto Adeti (Moderator Curia), Rev. Fr. Ukuni Francis Xavieri (Finance Administrator), Rev. Fr. James Edema (Pastoral Coordniator), Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Asega (Education Secretary), Rev. Fr. Tonino Joseph Pasolini (Communication & Information Secretary),Rev. Fr. Francis Angela,AJ (Religious Education Advisor), Rev. Fr. William A'bukua (Vocations Director),Rev. Fr. William Andima (Youth Champlain),Rev.Fr. Pius Yobuta(Director-Pontifical Missionary Societies), Mrs. Martha Tiperu (Lay Apostolate Coordinator), Mr. Abele Emmanuel Moro (Director Caritas Arua Diocese), Rev. Sr. Atayo Cecilia (Health Coordinator).Viwe All >>
Catholic Mass Readings for January 22 2023, Sunday, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A - Sunday Homily
First Reading:-------------------- "Isaiah 8:23-9:3"
Responsorial Psalm:------------------ "Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14"
Second Reading: -------------" 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17"
Alleluia: -------------"Matthew 4:23"
Gospel:------------------- "Matthew 4:12-23 or Matthew 4:12-17"
Today on Sunday 08th January 2023, The Epiphany of the Lord, The Vicar General of Arua Diocese Msgr. Casto Adeti, elevated Holy Trinity Abira/Tomere Chapel as Eucharistic Centre in Ombaci Parish, Arua Diocese.
In the same Function 209 Candidates were confirmed , Three families got Sacrement of Holy Matromony, meanwhile four Catechists recived faculties to administer the Sacrement of Holy Communion.
It was joy and happiness at Holy Trinity, Catholic Parish, Mingoro as Joseph Enzama Agondua tied Knot with kuonziru Veronica. The ceremony was presided over by Rt.Rev.Sabino Ocan Odoki, the Bishop of Arua Diocese and graced by religious leaders, politicians, relatives and friends who witnessed the couple assume a noble obligation under the holy sacrament of matrimony.....
The Bishop of Arua Diocese, Bishop Sabino on Sunday 27th 2022 celebrated the First Sunday of Advent with the Christians of Egamara Chapel, Offude Parish confirming a total of 363 young boys and girls....
"It is always my pleasure to celebrate with Christians in hard to reach ends of our Diocese of Arua". Bishop Sabino tells Christians at Ayaa Zone , Ajia Catholic Parish.