“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you”. This Bible quotation Joshua 1:5, is what Bishop Paul Kalanda considered as his strong pillar of faith during his lifetime. Kalanda, 88, a retired Bishop of Fort-Portal Diocese, died in his sleep at his residence in Villa Maria, in Kalungu District on Tuesday 18th August 2015. Bishop Kalanda was born in 1927 to Simon Ziryawukanya Kalanda and Agnes Nakachwa in Buwunde Village near Kindu in Kyanamukaaka Sub-county, Masaka District.
In 1942-1948: Bishop Kalanda attended Primary Education at Kabuwoko Parish before he joined Bukalasa Minor Seminary. It was there that he met and befriended another boy Emmanuel Wamala, whose parents were at Kamaggwa near Kalisizo Town. The two were to become long-life friends. In 1949 – 1955: He joined Katigondo Major Seminary in Masaka before he joined Urbano University, Rome. 1955-58: Was in Rome where he was also ordained priest on December 21, 1957 by Archbishop Peter Sigismundi. He obtained a Doctorate from the Jesuit Fathers-run Gregoria University in Canon Law in 1961.
In 1962 -77: He was appointed Professor at Katigondo Major Seminary and later became Rector of the Seminary – the first African to take that position. In 1967: He obtained a diploma from Oxford University in the UK in African Social Anthropology. Later went to Bukuumi Catholic Parish in Western Uganda where he spent time learning the Runyoro language. He also taught African Social Anthropology at Notre Dame University in Indiana, USA for a year.
In 1979: He was appointed acting Vicar General of Masaka Diocese, replacing his old friend Fr. Wamala, who was by then going for further studies in the USA. In 1980: Fr. Kalanda went to Nairobi to start the Catholic Higher Institute of East Africa (CHIEA),
which later became the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA).
In 1981: He was Consecrated Bishop and appointed Bishop of Moroto. Besides, Luganda his mother tongue, he spoke: Kiswahili, Runyoro-Rutooro, Ngakarimojong, Latin, English, French and Italian. He had another name “Lokiru” given to him by the Karimojong when he was appointed Bishop of Moroto in 1981 because it rained heavily the day he reported there to begin his Episcopal duties.
In 1991 – 2003: Appointed Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese. However, after his retirement (2003), Rome asked him to serve as Apostolic Administrator of Lira Diocese till when he finally retired in 2005.
May his soul rest in Eternal Peace.
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