1.0.Before the” birth”

Before the “birth “of Kabale Diocese- which was to cover the entire Kigezi District, there existed one and only one Catholic Founded Senior Secondary School in the whole district (much later to be divided into 4 districts that make up the Diocese).  The school was St. Paul’s Mutolere Senior Secondary School in Bufumbira County later to become Kisoro district.  This school was started in 1965 and opened by the Bishop of Mbarara Diocese, Rt. Rev. Ogez.  Its first Headteacher was Rev. Fr. John ODonhue.

It was started from what had been St. Paul’s Junior Seminary which had been shifted to Rushoroza.  The Junior Seminary had been established in 1959 at Mutolere under the leadership of Rev. Fr. George Shindler.

2.0.The “birth”:

Kabale Diocese was born on 17 April 1966 with a burning thirst for education, among other priorities.

3.0.The first and the second born:

St. Mary’s College Rushoroza was the first “born” Senior Secondary School of Kabale Diocese- started in 1967 with late Michael Kajura as the Headteacher.

Immaculate Heart Girls Senior secondary school Nyakibale was the second “born” – started in 1969 under the leadership of twin sisters Magdalene and Louise.

4.0.Expansion of Secondary education:

The Diocese founded the following secondary schools between 1966 and 1990:

No. School started Gender
1. St. Mary’s College Rushoroza 1967 Mixed
2. Immaculate Heart Girls Nyakibale 1969 Girls
3. St. Barnaba Karujanga 1980 Mixed
4. St. Gertrude Mutolere 1981 Girls
5. St. Geralds Nyakibale 1981 Mixed
6. St. Aloysius Girls Kitanga 1981 Girls
7. St. Paul’s s.s. Bukinda 1982 Mixed
8. Bishop Comboni College 1982 Mixed
9. St. Francis Kyanamira 1983 Mixed
10. San Giovanni 1984 Mixed
11. St. Peter’s Nyarushanje 1984 Mixed
12. St. Agatha Kakore 1987 Girls
13. St. Maria Goretti Rushoroza 1989 Mixed
14. St. Jerome Ndama 1989 Mixed

5.0. Minor Seminaries:

Seminary Started
1 St. Paul’s Seminary Rushoroza 1959 (as Junior)
2 St. Adrian’s Seminary Rubanda 1982
3 St. Charles Lwanga Seminary Rukungiri 2004

6.0.Current Status:

v  Schools

Government Grant Aided Private
311 primary Schools 105 Church Schools
12 Primary Schools
31 Secondary Schools 35 Secondary Schools
01 Technical Institute 03 Technical Schools
01 School for the Deaf at Nyakibale Lower p/s 04 Minor Seminaries
02 Nursing School
01 University.

v  Enrolment:

Religion Pupils Students
Catholics 88416 16345
Non-Catholics 25617 8264
Total 114033 24609
Catholics % 77.5% 66.4%

v  Staffing/ Teachers:

Religion Primary Schools Secondary Schools
Catholics 2231 590
Non-Catholics 1212 229
Total 3443 819
Catholic % 64.7% 72.0%


Some of our schools such as Immaculate Heart, St. Mary’s College Rushoroza, St. Paul’s Seminary and St. Charles Lwanga  Seminary continue to appear among the top schools in the country.  Many others are also doing well, usually in the top 200 among 2813 secondary schools that sit for UNEB O’ and A’ level Examinations the whole country.


The following former Diocesan Education Secretaries laid a firm foundation on which we are building in Diocesan Education Department:

  1. Hon. Zakaria Babukika (RIP)
  2. Mr. Silvester Mabweijano
  3. Fr. John Lacoursiece
  4. Fr. Vincent Kanyonza
  5. Fr. Andrew Kahinda (RIP)
  6. Fr. Aloysius Banyenzaki
  7. Fr. Dan Babigumira
  8. Fr. George Kigambiroha
  9. Mr. John Bakeiha
  10. Fr. Francis Muntu (RIP)
  11. Fr. Adron Nturanabo
  12. Sr. Veneranda Tibikimpenda
  13. Fr. Felix Odeda.
  14. Mr. Amos Ruhumiliza
  15. Fr. Lucian Arinaitwe
  16. Mr. Odo Arigye


Holistic education for integral development of a Human Person.


To provide quality and balanced education for the people of God under our care for integral development of a person.

11.0. Objectives:

  • Strive for discipline and academic excellence
  • Continue sensitization of parents towards their role and responsibility in educating their children.
  • Promote character formation, self-discipline and integrity in our schools.
  • Ensure schools remain places of Godliness and good upbringing of children through spiritual guidance and religion values
  • Enhance scientific, technical and cultural education for development of skills.
  • Encourage our teachers to go for further studies and get equipped with leadership skills to head our schools.
  • Provide education for the disabled, the disadvantaged and the girl-child
  • Lobbying for equality, fairness and justice in our institutions.

May God always guide us even to greater heights

Mr. Remigio Byamukama