Welcome to Lira Catholic Diocese!

The Diocese of Lira, carved out from the Diocese of Gulu, was erected on the 12th July 1968. This ecclesiastical territory comprises the eight civil districts of Lira, Apac, Oyam, Dokolo, Amolatar, Kole, Alebtong and Otuke, covering all the lango sub-region. Lira diocese is found in the Northern part of Uganda. It is bordered by Gulu Archdiocese in the North and East, Hoima Diocese in South West, Soroti Diocese in the South East and Kotido Diocese in the East. It covers an area of 12,030 sq km. The vast majority of the population belongs to one ethnic group, the langi, and lango is their language. People who went to school understand and speak English. Some kiswhili is also spoken



The Rt. Rev. Sanctus Lino Wanok was born 7th April 1957, at Ukuru Pamach Village, Zombo District, West Nile Sub-region, in Warr Parish, Nebbi Catholic Diocese. He was ordained a deacon on 31st August 1985 at Ediofe Parish by Bishop Emeritus Angelo Tarantino, and was ordained Priest on 27th September 1986 at Warr Parish by Bishop Frederick Drandua.

From 1987, he was serving as a curate in Nyapea Parish when he was appointed lecturer in Katigondo National Major Seminary. And from 1990 he went for further studies in Rome and obtained doctorate in Biblical Theology in 1995. He was appointed lecturer in biblical studies in Ggaba National Major Seminary until September 2005.

From 2005 to the time of his election as Bishop, he was a Parish Priest in Paidha Town Parish and the Vicar general of Nebbi Catholic Diocese. He was appointed bishop of Nebbi Diocese on 8th February 2011, by Pope Benedict XVI and ordained bishop on 30 April 2011 at Nebbi Cathedral.

He was appointed Bishop of Lira Diocese on 23rd November 2018 by Pope Francis and installed as the fourth Bishop of Lira on 9th February 2019 at Lira, succeeding Rt. Rev. Guiseppe Franzelli. .