What to expect at installation of new Gulu Archbishop Raphael P’Mony

Newly appointed Gulu Archbishop Raphael P'mony Wokorach. PHOTO/HANDOUT 

What you need to know:

  •  Archbishop-elect of Gulu Ecclesiastical Province Raphael Wokorach will be installed on the cathedral chair used by Pope John Paul II during his 1993 visit to Uganda.

Raphael P’Mony Wokorach, the archbishop designate of Gulu Catholic Archdiocese will be installed on July 12, 2024 at St Joseph`s Cathedral in Gulu City.

The Vatican head, Pope Francis, appointed Wokorach archbishop on March 22, 2024, making the Ugandan the 2nd such prelate of the archdiocese since its creation in 1999.

He replaces Emeritus Bishop John Baptist Odama who resigned from the position upon reaching the retirement age of 75 years as prescribed in the Canon Law.

“The seat fell vacant due to the pope accepting the resignation,’’ Archbishop Odama held on May 27.

Odama, who served in the position since his installation on April 10, 1999 is now the apostolic administrator of Gulu Archdiocese.

At Wokorach’s enthronement, the pallium will be placed on him in the cathedral in a unique event that will start with mass at 9:30am.

A central organizing committee has been instituted and tasked to conduct activities before and on the day of the celebration.

Father Lawrence Komakech, the Chairperson Central Organizing Committee (COC) notes that at least 5,000 people including dignitaries, the faithful, and clergy are expected to participate in the historic event.

Rev. Fr. Martin Agwee, the event’s treasurer said that they require over Shs108.3million for the mega event but just over Shs2.5million has been raised so far.

He is calling for resources in kind and cash to facilitate construction, accommodation of guests, liturgy, publicity, catering, welfare, entertainment and transport among others.


In his enthronement, a pallium typifies Wokorach’s participation in the supreme pastoral power of the pope.

Wokorach will be installed on the cathedral chair used by Pope John Paul II during his 1993 visit to Uganda.

The pallium, which is a woolen vestment conferred by the pope on an archbishop, consists of a narrow circular band with six black crosses placed around the shoulders with a short lappet hanging from the front and back.

They are made from wool of sheep reared in Rome by a special group of Sisters. When made, they are taken to the tomb of St Peters in Rome under the Basilica of St Peters, Catholic documents reveal.

“The pallium signifies bearing the sheep on your shoulder, the sheep of Christ which is an indication of all humanities,” a catholic clergyman who preferred anonymity hinted.