Bishop Emerius Desiderius Erasmus Wandera of Soroti Catholic Diocese has this morning died at the age of 92years as confirmed by the Catholic Church
Wandera was appointed Bishop of Soroti on 29 November 1980 and was consecrated a bishop on 29 March 1981, by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Bishop James Odongo, Bishop of Tororo, and Archbishop Henri Lemaître†, Titular Archbishop of Tongres. Wandera served as bishop until 2007. On 27 Jun 2007 Bishop Erasmus Desiderius Wandera retired and lived on as Bishop Emeritus of Soroti Catholic Diocese.
Erasmus Desiderius Wandera was a Ugandan Roman Catholic priest who served as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Soroti, from 29 November 1980 until 27 June 2007 when he retired.
Wandera was born on 16 April 1930 in Dabani, in present-day Busia District, in the Eastern Region of Uganda. On 27 December 1956, he was ordained a priest. He served as priest until 29 November 1980
“On this feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin mary, we have just received the sad news of the death of Rt. Rev. Erasmus Desiderius Wandera, Bishop Emeritus of Soroti. He passed on this morning at 6:00 a.m. at his residence in Mbale. Further details regarding his funeral will be communicated later. May his soul rest in Eternal Peace”. Reads a statement released by the Uganda Episcopal Conference.
Soroti Catholic Diocese also released a statement that reads “The Ordinary of Soroti Catholic Diocese, His Lordship Rt. REV. Dr. Eciru Oliach with deep sorrow announces the demise of our founding Father of the diocese, His Lordship Erasmus Desderius Wandera ,Bishop Emeritus of Soroti Catholic diocese. This occurred this morning around 6:00am at his residence in Mbale City. As a diocese we mourn with profound grief this great loss and commend his soul to the loving hands of God. Eternal rest unto him O lord and let Perpetual light shine upon him,may he rest in Peace.
Padre Gonzaga Ongereny Waziwazi MSc.
Bishop Desiderius Erasmus Wandera retired on 27th, June 2007 and was succeeded by His Grace Emmanuel Obbo the now Arch Bishop of Tororo Arch Diocese.May his soul Rest in Eternal peace.