Kabale’s 3rd Bishop Passes On

Bishop Robert Mary Gay passed away on Wednesday

Bishop Robert Mary Gay, page the third bishop of the diocese of Kabale is dead.

Bishop Gay passed away on Wednesday at his home area of Sherbrook, Lennoxville in Canada, in aged 89.

A member of the Missionaries of Africa (white fathers), Gay was born 22nd January 1927 in Ottawa, Canada and was ordained a priest on 30th January 1954.

On 11th January 1996 he was appointed the 3rd Bishop of Kabale Diocese by Pope John Paul II, replacing Bishop Halem’Imaana who had resigned in 1994 after falling out with several priests in the diocese.

The latter was accused by local church leaders of being tribalist and pitting the Tutsi, his tribesmen and Bafumbira against the local Bakiga.

Bishop Gay served until 15th March 2003 when he was replaced by Bishop Callistus Rubaramira the current Bishop of Kabale.

He then retired and left the country for his home town of Sherbrook, where he died on Wednesday.

This comes barely a year since the death of Rt.Rev. Placidus Gervasius Nkalanga, the first Apostolic Administrator of Kabale who was appointed in 1966 after Kabale diocese was cut from Mbarara diocese.

Bishop Nkalanga passed on 18th December 2015 in Bukoba diocese in Tanzania where he was the emeritus bishop.

Bishop Halem ‘Imana on the other hand died of Kidney complications in January this year, aged 87.



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