LIRA —Catholic nuns from Lira Diocese under the congregation; Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church have hailed the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga for devoutly supporting religious causes.
The nuns were moved not only by Speaker’s presence at their fundraising ceremony on Saturday, 2 October 2019 but also for having carried along Parliament’s sports teams that further boosted the event.
“I thank God for the Speaker of Parliament who has exhibited faith by travelling all the way to Lira together with her MPs and staff to support our fundraising for the chapel,” said Rev.Sr Sophia Asimwe, the Superior General of the Congregation.
Sister Asimwe told Kadaga that the fundraising was aimed at raising funds for construction of a chapel bigger than the current one to accommodate the growing number of nuns amounting to 320.
“When we started 49 years ago, we were very few but now we have grown to 320 passed sisters and about 70 who are being formed,” said Asimwe
The chapel Rev. Sister Asimwe added is considered as the congregation’s achievement to mark its’ 50 years of existence to be celebrated on November 12, 2020.
Their congregation, Speaker Kadaga learnt, serves in Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Italy.
Moved with what she termed as ‘a worthy cause’ the Speaker contributed UGX 10m on behalf of Parliament and urged MPs and staff to support the cause in their capacities.
As part of the fundraiser, Parliament’s sports teams; football, netball and volleyball played with the respective teams from Lira Diocese where Parliament won all games except volley ball.
Lira residents who attended the games used an opportunity through their Woman MP, Joy Atim Ongom to appeal to the Speaker of Parliament to reign over their quest for a blood bank.
“Madam Speaker we have had a problem of a blood bank, Lira district lacks one, we ask you to talk about it,” pleaded Hon Ongom