Mindful of the paradox of leadership in the Church – those called to the lead are to be servants of all.

(Mark 10:42-44)

The Bishop guides the people God has entrusted to him with humility. His three ministries – teaching, sanctifying and governing – converge in a life of spiritual intimacy with the people of God in his diocese.

His governance insures that this ministry is based upon sacred scripture, tradition, liturgy, the official teaching authority, and the life of the Church.

Coat of Arms of the Archbishop

The Episcopal heraldic achievement, or the bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, with its charges painted on, the motto scroll and the external ornaments.

For his Motto, Archbishop Lwanga uses the phrase, “Ora et Labora ut Habeant Vitam” which means that, “Pray and Work so as to have life to the full.” Jn 10:10
The Archbishop adopted the words Ora et Labora from the motto of St Benedict (480AD – 550AD). The Ordinary further states that, prayer calls for work as work is watered by prayer.

The term “dexter” is used to refer to the right half (viewer’s left) and the term “sinister” refers to the left half (viewer’s right). A diocesan bishop shows his commitment to the flock he shepherds by combining his personal coat of arms with that of the diocese, in a technique known as impaling. The Archdiocese of Kampala does not have a coat of arms. And one is for the Archbishop. On the dexter half (viewer’s left), in the upper part, is a Holy Host in a Cylix. This means that as a priest, the Archbishop, is ready to always celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of Mass for the faithful. In the lower part is a Holy Bible, which symbolizes that the Archbishop has been commissioned to proclaim the Good News of salvation. At the corner is the bishop’s miter which symbolizes the responsibility entrusted on the Archbishop to lead the people of the Archdiocese of Kampala

On the sinister half (viewer’s right), the basic elements are the banana stem and coffee tree. Archbishop Lwanga does not only cater for the soul but also leads the folk in physical development. At the corner is the bishop’s crosser a symbol for a good shepherd.

In the middle of the shield is the Cross. Archbishop Lwanga is ready to witness to Christ at all times, for victory lies in the cross. Our Lord became victorious on the cross. The call to the holy priesthood entails a cross too.
The water at the bottom of the shield where all other symbols rest, symbolizes the life rooted in sacraments and the life of the body {Body and Soul}

A close look at this coat of arms, pulls one’s attention to the fact that, the dexter half stresses the prayer life {Ora} while the sinister half stresses work {Labora}. This is done in order to have life to the full, thus the motto, “Ora et Labora ut Habeant Vitam”.

The “galero”, or “pilgrim’s hat,” is used heraldically in various colors and with specific numbers of tassels to indicate the rank of the bearer of a coat of arms. The Archbishop uses a red galero with four rows of red tassels. The coat of arms is the Archbishop’s symbol as the ordinary of Kampala Archdiocese, and it is used on letterheads, documents and other official publications.