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About Us

From Crisis to Community

we strive to offer hope,support and a sense of belonging to all those we serve.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide comprehensive pastoral and spiritual care to refugees and migrants who have fled their home countries due to conflict and hardship.

Our Vission

We envision a future where all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances, find peace, dignity, and a sense of belonging through strong spiritual foundations and mutual respect.

Our Values

  • Accountability
  • Reliability
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Personal service

We have been dedicated to serving refugees and migrants in the Diocese of Arua for over 7 years, since our founding in 2016.

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What We Do

At the Vicariate for Refugees and Migrants in the Diocese of Arua, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support to refugees and migrants in the northern part of Uganda. Our mission is to address their pastoral and spiritual needs, fostering peaceful coexistence and community integration. Here's how we accomplish this:

Pastoral Care

We offer regular religious services, sacraments, and pastoral counseling to help refugees and migrants maintain their faith and find solace during challenging times. Our pastoral care includes:


Mass and Prayer Services:
Regularly scheduled Masses, prayer gatherings, and spiritual retreats.
Sacramental Support:
Administration of sacraments such as Baptism, Confirmation, and Marriage.
Counseling:
One-on-one and group counseling sessions to provide spiritual guidance and emotional support.

Community Integration

We facilitate programs that promote peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding between refugees and host communities. Our initiatives include:

Interfaith Dialogues:
Promoting respect and understanding among different religious groups.
Community Building Activities:
Organizing cultural events, sports, and community service projects to foster unity.
Health Services:
Facilitating access to healthcare and providing health education.
Emergency Relief:
Clothing, and other essential items during crises.
Educational and Social Initiatives

Our vicariate supports educational programs, vocational training, and social activities that empower refugees and migrants to rebuild their lives. Our initiatives include:

Education Programs:
Providing access to primary, secondary, and adult education.
Vocational Training:
Offering training in various trades to enhance employment opportunities.
Social Activities:
Organizing recreational activities and social events to build a sense of community and belonging.
Spiritual Support

We provide refugees and migrants with opportunities to deepen their faith and find spiritual strength through:

Prayer Groups:
Facilitating small prayer groups and Bible study sessions.
Spiritual Retreats:
Offering retreats and spiritual workshops to help individuals reconnect with their faith.

Our Adminstration

The administration is structured to ensure effective leadership, coordination, and implementation of our programs and services. Our administration team is committed to maintaining high standards of governance and accountability, ensuring that our mission to serve refugees and migrants is carried out with dedication and integrity.

Rt.Rev.Sabino Ocan Odoki

(Bishop of Arua Diocese) Patron

Msrg.Felix Drani

(Missionary of Africa) Episcopal Vicar Refugees and Migrants Vucariate

Rev.Fr.Kizito Oyii-Mungu

Chairman of the Commission for Refugees and Migrants

Ms.Lilian Awio

Administrative Secretary for Refugees and Migrants

Message from the PATRON. Rt.Rev.Sabino Ocan Odoki.

TO ALL PEOPLE OF GOODWILL


Dear People of GOd

I take this chance to introduce to you the Vicarate for Refugees and Migrants, Diocese of Arua which makes the Fourth Vicariate of the Diocese of Arua. After having experienced the Magnitude of the Refugees Situation in the Northern part of Uganda, in Particular in the districts of Adjumani, Moyo, Yumbe, Obongi and Arua in West Nile region in the Diocese of Arua, I created and decreed in 2016 a specific Vicariate for Refugees and Migrants in the Diocese of Arua for the Pastoral and Spiritual care for the Refugees and Migrants being that the Refugees fleed their country with among other needs, spiritual needs was one of their core needs that could enhance peaceful coexistence among themselves and the Host Communities.. Most of the Refugees have come from South Sudan and they have come to settle in various existing Refugee Settlements in the Diocese of Arua, in particular in the Districts of Adjumani, Moyo, Obongi, Yumbe and Arua. The Diocese of Arua with its existing above mentioned Districts are hosting currently an estimated total of over 1,200,000 Refugees and more are still being received making Arua Diocese the biggest Refugees hosting Diocese globally. The Vicariate for Refugees and Migrants consist of five Pastoral Zones for Refugees and Migrants and these are: Adjumani Pastoral Zone for Refugees and Migrants, Palorinya Pastoral Zone for Refugees and Migrants, Bidibidi Pastoral Zone for Refugees and Migrants, Invepi/Lugbari Catholic Parish Pastoral Zone for Refugees and Migrants, and Rhino Camp/ Yoro Catholic Parish Pastoral Zone for Refugees and Migrants. I am pleased to introduce to you Monsignor Felix Drani as the Episcopal Vicar for Refugees and Migrants Vicariate and Ms. Lillian Awio as the Administrative Secretary. The Vicariate of Refugees and Migrants also have dignified members of the Commission that forms part of Senior Management of the Vicariate. They are a combination of both Clergy and Lay Faithful as listed below:

  • 1. REV. FR. KIZITO JALANGO OYIMUNGU – CHAIRPERSON
  • 2. GEMECHU YADETA GABISSA - PROJECT DIRECTOR, JRS
  • 3. Ms. HARRIET MESIKU – LAND OFFICER, ADJUMANI
  • 4. MSRG. FELIX DRANI, MISSIONARIES OF ARFICA.
  • 5. REV. FR. SISTO OJJA, AJ
  • 6. REV. SR. GLORIA CAIXETA, MSC
  • 7. REV. FR. KABEYA MBINZE JANVIER, MCCI
  • 8. Ms. CHRISTINE BAYOA, PROJECT OFFICER CARITAS GULU ARCHDIOCESE
  • 9. REV. FR. ANDREZ DZIDA, SVD

Since the establishment of the vicariate, Pastoral agents from within and outside the diocese have been serving the Refugees by administering sacraments, establishing Chapels, providing counseling, supporting the youth in skills training in order to improve on their skills and knowledge gaps, among others. The following are the Pastoral Agents working in the Refugees and Migrants vicariate:


Though the Pastoral Agents are doing their best to provide pastoral services to the Refugees, there are still many gaps in the Pastoral work and these calls for more Missionaries to serve in the Refugees and Migrants Vicariate. Some of the challenges faced in the provision of Pastoral Ministry include;


  • 1.Most of the Catechists are untrained.
  • 2.Few enrolments of the Refugees in secondary schools.
  • 3.Insufficient pastoral instruction books, especially for Dinka, Nuer and Lutuko.
  • 4.Inadequate Health facilities.
  • 5.Insufficient financial support for the Catechists.
  • 6.Insufficient Liturgical items including; books, vestments, chairs, instruments for choir, inter alia.
  • 7.Inadequate safe water points.
  • 8.Insufficient means of transport for the Pastoral Agents.
  • 9.No Mass stipends.

I therefore, take this chance to thank the Holy See for the financial support that He has extended to the Refugees and Migrants Vicariate, Arua Diocese. It has impacted positively on the spiritual well-being of the Refugees in the Diocese. I also thank other Dioceses and Well-wishers like Aid to Church in Need, for their continuous support to the People of God in need in the Vicariate of Refugees and Migrants, Diocese of Arua. Any support for this noble cause is highly appreciated!

With my continued apostolic blessings upon you, I remain;

Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki
BISHOP OF ARUA DIOCESE

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