August 18, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. ­— Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades has named the Rev. Fred Wangwe Catholic chaplain at Bucknell University, effective Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Born in the village of Bumalah in Uganda, Father Wangwe comes to Bucknell from St. Joseph's Parish in Mechanicsburg, where he served as assistant parish priest since November 2006. He served as assistant parish priest of the St. Rose of Lima in York for the previous two years.

"We welcome Father Fred," said University Chaplain the Rev. Thomasina A. Yuille. "He will bring an enlightened global perspective to the University's ongoing conversation between faith and practice, and we are delighted that he is joining the Bucknell community."

Father Wangwe studied in Kenya and Uganda in preparation for the priesthood and in 1993 received a diploma in theology from the Apostles of Jesus Theologicum in Nairobi, Kenya. He was ordained in December 1999 at the A.J. Shrine at Langata in Nairobi and received his bachelor of arts in sacred theology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome in 2000.  

Father Wangwe served as assistant parish priest at the Sirari Catholic Parish and the Bunda Catholic Parish in Musoma Diocese of Uganda before coming to the United States.

The Rev. Michael C. Letteer, who has served as Catholic chaplain at Bucknell since June 2007, has been appointed by Bishop Rhoades as the parochial vicar of two parishes: St. Rose of Lima and The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, both in York. His last day at Bucknell is Tuesday, Aug. 18.