On his part, the Social Communications Director of AMECEA, Fr. Andrew Kaufa said the late Archbishop is, among other things, remembered for “the fact that when he was chairman of AMECEA, the apostolate towards pastoralists was instituted.”
“It is amazing that they thought about this apostolate in the 1970s,” Fr. Kaufa told ACI Africa making reference to the church ministry to pastoralists and added, “We have all reason to thank God for him.”
“On this dark cloudy Friday morning of 4th Dec 2020. His Grace Jame Odongo passes on. Rest eternally in peace Papa. Those who went through your 'school of hard knocks' and all those whose lives you touched will always miss you,” Cissy Kags posted on her Facebook page.
A Cleric of Uganda’s Tororo Archdiocese, the late Archbishop was ordained a Priest in December 1956.
He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Tororo in November 1964 and assigned the titular church of Bahanna. Four years later, he was installed as the Bishop of Tororo.
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When Tororo Diocese was elevated to the status of an Archdiocese in 1999, he became the First Metropolitan Archbishop.
Pope Benedict accepted his resignation as Archbishop of Tororo in June 2007.
At the celebration of Archbishop Odongo’s Episcopate Golden jubilee in 2015, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, the Archbishop emeritus of Kampala Archdiocese recognized with appreciation the late Archbishop’s leadership at the helm of AMECEA and UEC.
Archbishop Odongo has always been sought “for guidance, which he always gives with clarity, firmness and humour,” the Ugandan-born Cardinal who will turn 94 on December 15 said in 2015.
At the same event, Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Uganda’s Gulu Archdiocese recognized Archbishop Odongo’s intellectual abilities describing him “as a library, a granary of knowledge and the first citizen in the Catholic Diocese of Tororo.”
“Everyone should take advantage of his presence because he is still brilliant in mind and he can give good guidance,” Archbishop Odama said in 2015, making reference to Archbishop Odongo who was celebrating 50 years as a Bishop.
The first requiem Mass for the late Archbishop will be held Sunday, December 6 at the Sacred Heart Lubaga Cathedral of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese while the second Mass will be Tuesday, December 8 at St. Austin’s Mbale Church of the Archdiocese of Tororo.
The Late Archbishop Odongo is expected to be laid to rest Wednesday, December 9 at the Uganda Martyrs Cathedral of Tororo Archdiocese.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.