ACN Success – Uganda

A sturdy vehicle for a remote rural parish

In the Diocese of Lugazi, in Uganda, they have recently established a new parish. It is dedicated to Saint Kizito, the youngest of the 22 Ugandan martyrs who were put to death between 1885 and 1887 by King Mwanga II of Buganda for refusing to renounce their Christian faith. Kizito was just 14 years old when he was burned alive. He has been named patron saint of children and primary schools. The Church in Uganda is rightly proud of its martyrs.

The new parish, which is based in Namasumbi, is situated in a rural area. There are no paved roads and in the rainy season especially, it is difficult to reach many of the villages. A sturdy all-terrain vehicle is necessary.

For a long time, however, the only vehicle available to the two priests in the parish was an ancient car that had long since ceased to be roadworthy. Consequently, the priests were frequently dependent on public transport, which was likewise extremely unreliable. As a result, they wasted a great deal of precious time that they could have spent on their pastoral work, since the people in the villages are waiting for Holy Mass, the sacraments, visits to the sick and the general support of their priests.

But now, thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to provide $19,500 towards the purchase of a suitable vehicle. And parish priest Father Jude Kiggala has written to us: “We are extremely grateful for the help given to us by ACN. As a result, our pastoral work has been greatly strengthened, and it is much easier now to visit the sick and elderly and to participate in the life of the Christian communities.”

We in turn wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all who have helped! May God reward you!

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