Bishop Deogratias Muganwa Byabazaire

The Most Reverend Deogratias Dr. Muganwa Byabazaire was born on October 9, 1941 to Laurent Muganwa of Dwoli village, Kitoba sub-county Hoima district who was then working as a sub-county chief at Karujubu, Masindi district.

After his primary school education at St Aloysius primary school in Hoima town, he joined Kitabi Seminary in Bushenyi, before continuing to Katigondo Major Seminary in Masaka, where he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

On August 9 1969, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Albert Edward Dr. Baharagate. He first served as a curate at Munteme parish, then Bukumi as parish priest. In 1973 he served briefly as a lecturer at Katigondo major seminary, from where he was sent to Germany for further studies. In Germany he attained a Master’s and Doctorate in Theology. On his return, he was appointed Rector of Aloklum Major Seminary, Gulu, Uganda until he was consecrated Bishop (Coadjutor) on 18 August 1990 and installed Bishop of Hoima on 9 March 1991.

In 2009, Bishop Byabazaire was diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes and a brain tumor and subsequently, on November 13, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Rt. Reverend Bishop Lambert Bainomugisha, the auxiliary Bishop of Mbarara, as the Apostolic Administrator of Hoima diocese.

Bishop Deogratias Muganwa Byabazaire died on Saturday, February 8th 2014. He was laid to rest at Bujumbura Cathedral, the seat of Hoima Catholic diocese in Hoima city.


Date Age Event Title
9 Oct 1941 Born
9 Aug 1969 27.8 Ordained Priest Priest of Hoima, Uganda
21 May 1990 48.6 Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Hoima, Uganda
18 Aug 1990 48.8 Ordained Bishop Coadjutor Bishop of Hoima, Uganda
9 Mar 1991 49.4 Succeeded Bishop of Hoima, Uganda
8 Feb 2014 72.3 Died Bishop of Hoima, Uganda