Thousands attend Arcbishop Kambanda installation

On 27 January 2019 at 08:06

Thousands of believers in the Catholic faith including President Paul Kagame have this Sunday gathered at Amahoro National Stadium to attend the installment of Antoine Kambanda as Kigali new Archbishop replacing Thadee Ntihinyurwa who retired last year.

Over 25,000 Rwandans and guests from Tanzania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgium, Italy and Spain witnessed the event.

Bishop Antoine Kambanda was appointed by Pope Francis as Archbishop of Kigali to succeed Archbishop Thadee Ntihinyurwa whose wish to retire was approved by Pope in November last year.

Born in Nyamata on November 10, 1958, Kambanda was ordained Bishop of Kibungo Diocese on July 20, 2013. He had been ordained priest on September 8, 1990 at Mbare, Kigali Archdiocese during Pope John Paul II’s visit to Rwanda.

Upon his priesthood ordination, Bishop Kambanda started his mission as teacher doubling as the in charge of studies at Ndera Minor Seminary in Kigali.

Between 1993 and 1999, he went for further studies at the Alphonsian Academy in Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in moral theology.

From 1999 to 2005, Kambanda served as Director of CARITAS of Kigali Archdiocese, serving also as the Chairman of Justice and Peace Commission in the Archdiocese.

He was also a teacher at Nyakibanda Major Seminary.

Between 2005 and 2016, Antoine Kambanda was the Rector of Kabgayi Major Seminary before he was once again appointed as Rector of Major Seminary of Nyakibanda, a position he left when he was appointed the Bishop of Kibungo Catholic Diocese on May 3, 2013 replacing Monsignor Kizito Bahujumihigo who had resigned from the position in 2010 amid financial troubles.

Archbishop Antoine Kambanda’s motto is “Ut vitam habeant’’, translating as, “That They May Have Life.”

Arcbishop of Kigali, Antoine Kambanda
Outgoing Arcbishop Thadee Ntihinyurwa who retired last year
President Paul Kagame and leaders of other faith based organizations attended the installation of Antoine Kambanda as Archbishop of Kigali
The priests of Kigali Diocese
Different high government officials attended the installation of Arcbishop Antoine Kambanda
Chorale de Kigali graced the mass
Traditional arm beatings welcoming on throne Kigali's new Archbishop
Thousands have attended the installation of Antoine Kambanda as Arcbishop of Kigali