About us


Nebbi Catholic Diocese now 21 years was part of the then Gulu Apostolic Vicariate which started or was declared in 1923. Just as Gulu developed from one state to another, this diocese was not yet in plan, though there were already some parishes scattered to help the Faith which was already growing well among the people as they had received it with great joy and as a special gift from God. It is proper to mention in general some of the people who have been very active and instrumental in the growth of this diocese like the missionaries (Comboni), the early Christians, civil authorities, both traditional and government leaders of that time and the first catechists. We thank them for their generous participation in the growth of this diocese. We are very grateful for the service of those who are already dead. We pray that the Lord may reward them with eternal life! While we whom the Lord has entrusted with this work are ready to continue with this noble service so that the diocese grows.

Nebbi Catholic diocese was erected on 23-02-1996. It was carved from Arua diocese. The reason for the naming with the word ‘Catholic’ was to distinguish the Catholic Diocese from the Anglican Diocese called, “Nebbi Diocese”, to avoid confusion in our region of West Nile.

The Catholic Diocese was erected by Pope John Paul II on 23rd February, 1996 under the patronage of Immaculate Heart of Mary and automatically became a member of the Uganda Episcopal Conference

In 2010 Nebbi Diocese consists of the following:

1. Nebbi district has eight parishes.

2. Zumbu district has six parishes.

3. Part of Arua district has two parishes. Thus the total parishes are sixteen.

The languages? Dialects spoken in Nebbi catholic Diocese are Alur, Lugbara, Madi, Jonam, Kebu, % Lendu.  According to census (Uganda 2002) Nebbi district that consisted of Nebbi and Zumbu had the population of 435,252, Rhino camp had 10,600, Madi Okollo had 8200 and Rigbo 1900. Thus making the total of 473,152. Out of this 80% were Catholics. For Nebbi district alone that consisted of Nebbi and Zumbu – the breakdown according to (Uganda cense 2002)

The breakdown according to (Uganda cense 2002)

Catholic                –              322,366

Anglican               –              76013

SDA                        –              2154

Pente costal       –              9205

Moslem               –              17829

Other                    –              7021

None                     –              664

Total                                      435,252

According to catholic Directory 2003 – the area of Nebbi Catholic Diocese is 5,098 sq.km. the population is 413,613. The catholic population was 353,346

Personnel 2010


Diocesan priests

13 parishes

Comboni Missionaries

In Angal parish

Apostles of Jesus in

Pakwach and Orusi parishes