Cipriano Biyehima Kihangire

Cipriano Biyehima Kihangire (19 March 1918 – 1 November 1990), was a Ugandan Roman Catholic priest who served as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu, from 19 December 1968 until 9 January 1988.[1]

Cipriano Biyehima Kihangire
Archbishop Emeritus of Gulu
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu
SeeRoman Catholic Diocese of Gulu
Appointed19 December 1968
Term ended9 January 1988
PredecessorGiovanni Battista Cesana
SuccessorMartin Luluga
Ordination17 February 1951
Consecration24 March 1963
by Guido Del Mestri
Personal details
Birth nameCipriano Biyehima Kihangire
Born(1918-03-19)March 19, 1918
Hoima District, Uganda
DiedNovember 1, 1990(1990-11-01) (aged 72)

Prior to that, he served as the Auxiliary Bishop of Gulu from 12 November 1962 until 20 January 1964, Bishop of the Diocese of the Uganda Military from 20 January 1964 until 5 January 1985 and Bishop of the Diocese of Hoima from 9 August 1965 until 19 December 1968.[1][2]

Background and priesthoodEdit

Kihangire was born on 19 March 1918 , in present-day Hoima District, in the Bunyoro sub-region, in the Western Region of Uganda. He was ordained a priest on 17 February 1951 and served as a priest until 12 November 1962.[1]

As bishopEdit

Kihangire was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Gulu on 12 November 1962 and was consecrated a bishop on 24 March 1963 as Titular Bishop of Maura, by Archbishop Guido Del Mestri†, Titular Archbishop of Tuscamia assisted by Bishop Giovanni Battista Cesana, M.C.C.I.†, Bishop of Gulu and Bishop Angelo Tarantino, F.S.C.J.†, Bishop of Arua.[1]

He served as auxiliary bishop of Gulu until 20 January 1964, when he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of the Uganda Military. He served as the ordinary of the diocese until he resigned on 5 January 1985. He concurrently served as the Bishop of Hoima from 9 August 1965 until 19 December 1968.[1][3]

On 19 December 1968, Kihangire was appointed Bishop of Gulu, serving in that capacity until he resigned on 9 January 1988. He died on 1 November 1990 as Bishop Emeritus of Gulu, Uganda, at the age of 72 years and 7 months.[1]

Succession tableEdit

Preceded by
Giovanni Battista Cesana, M.C.C.I.† (1950 - 1968)
Bishop of Gulu
1968 - 1988
Succeeded by
Martin Luluga (1990 - 1999)


  1. ^ a b c d e f David M. Cheney (30 April 2018). "Bishop Cipriano Biyehima Kihangire (Deceased)". Kansas City: Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ Catholic Diocese of Hoima (2018). "Bishop Cyprian Biyehima Kihangire". Hoima: Roman Catholic Diocese of Hoima. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. ^ Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu (21 July 2019). "About the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Gulu, Uganda". Gulu: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu. Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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