Reverend Monsignor Serverus Jumba, the Bishop of Masaka Diocese says the White Fathers have got very strong attachment to the area, especially in the parish of Villa Maria, which is equally of great significance in the history of the faith in Uganda and the Sub-Saharan Africa.
Masaka Bishop Monsgnior Serverus Jjumba (holding a mace) alongside a congregation of White Fathers that paid pilgrimage to Villa Maria
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Masaka Catholic Diocese plans to promote the places and buildings
of the Missionaries of Africa as historical monuments.
The Catholic congregation of the Missionaries of Africa commonly known as the
White Fathers were the pioneer evangelists of the Roman Catholic Faith in
Special attribution is paid to Reverend Father Simeon Laudel Mapel
and Brother Amans Delmas, the two pioneer evangelists who arrived in Uganda
from France in1879 and accordingly laid a foundation for the catholic faith and
later passed on the duties to Bishop Heinrich Striecher in 1891 for 61 continuous
Reverend Monsignor Serverus Jumba, the Bishop of Masaka Diocese says the White
Fathers have got very strong attachment to the area, especially in the parish
of Villa Maria located in Kalungu district, which is equally of great
significance in the history of the faith in Uganda and the Sub-Saharan Africa.
He explains that through their congregation, the White Fathers
established several places and sites that have of strong social and spiritual
historical value to the both Church and the country.
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Some of the places according to Bishop Jumba include St Francis
Xavier Primary School, (started in 1892), Historical Villa Maria Parish
Cathedral (constructed 1889), St Francis Hospital Villa Maria (1906).
The others are; the pioneer training centres of Priesthood;
Bukalasa Minor Seminary (1893) and Katigondo National Major Seminary
(1911). They also founded the first Pontifical Congregation of the
Indigenous African Women of the Daughters of Mary (1910) and St Immaculate
Girls Primary School at Bwanda, the first bricks house among other several
Bishop Jjumba who hosted a delegation from the congregation of
Missionaries of Africa, who paid pilgrimage to Villa Maria parish on Friday
ahead of the congregation’s 150th anniversary commemoration, noted that the
plagues are of great historical significance to church beyond Uganda, hence the
need to promote them as strong fortes of the church in Uganda.
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Reverend Father Henley Lubungo, the current Superior General of the
Missionaries of Africa says the congregation welcomes that idea of promoting
the places, saying that their visit to them rekindles their faith and courage
He believes that despite them being dead, the pioneer White evangelicals
continue to inspire the Church in the different aspects of life-based of the
historical contribution that led a firm foundation for its growth.
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