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Joy as oldest Catholic Parish in Uganda marks 123 years

Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, is welcomed as the chief guest as Our Lady Queen of Virgins Kisubi Catholic Parish marked 123 years Sunday, August 25. (PHOTO/George Okello)

WAKISO – Our Lady Queen of Virgins Kisubi Catholic Parish has marked 123 years since its founding by the White Father Missionaries

The parish is where Simeon Lourdel Mapeera and Brother Delmas Amans first stayed before officially being given permission by Kabaka Mwanga to start evangelism in the Buganda Kingdom.

Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, who was the chief guest at the celebrations on Sunday, August 25, thanked past and present leaders of the parish church for developing and maintaining its structures which are of historical significance.

The Vice President hailed the White Fathers missionaries for the evangelization and reminded the Christians to work hard and boost homestead incomes which are the cornerstone to both self and community empowerment.

Archbishop of Kampala Metropolitan Diocese Cyprian Kizito Lwanga gives a couple the Holy Eucharist at the Commemoration mass. (PHOTO/George Okello)

He contributed 2 million shillings to the development of the church’s project which was received the Parish Priest Father Raphael Irumba.

During the commemoration mass, Archbishop of Kampala Metropolitan Diocese Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, urged Christians and Ugandans, in general, to nurture peace in homes, peace with neighbours and which peace will create a fertile ground for overall peace in the country.

Archbishop Lwanga also lamented theories by science, which contradicts the Bible that human beings evolved from apes and hastened that God created people in totality not as scientists want us to believe.

To the couples that exchanged marital vows, the prelate challenged them to raise their kids in the line of their faith and also urged them to sort their grievances in their matrimonial bedroom and avoid bringing their children into their conflicts.

Wakiso LC5 Chairman Matia Lwanga Bwanika said that a committee will be instituted to work with the church and tarmac the roadway to the parish and all walkways in the church premises.

The function that was also addressed by the leader of the laity Jude Manyigatuulo who said that the parish church has started avenues to refurbish the old priest’s house and said that church pews have all been repaired to enable the worshipers to glorify God comfortably.

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