National Youth Conference

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Published: Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Written by Super User

Grand welcome of the National Youth Conference at Rushoroza in Kabale diocese. Mass was celebrated by the Provincial Youth Chaplain who has encouraged the youth not to remain the same spiritually , morally and financially after this weeklong conference . It has been animated by the host Diocese of Kabale .
It is guide by the theme: “The Almighty has done great things for me and Holy is His Name”( Luke 1:49).

On Wednesday 13th Dec 2017, there will be morning prayers, praise and worship, then an official opening Mass which will be led by the Ordinary of Kabale Rt. Rev. Callistus Rubaramira . It will be animated by Mbarara Ecclesiastical Province. This will be followed by Catechesis based on the theme. Th Marching for Christ will follow through Kabale town, personal administration and and a cultural evening.

On Thursday, Centrnary bank will facilitate a talk on Youth and Entrepreneurship , which will be followed by a summary of the Bishops’ Synod on the Youth 2018 . This will be done by Bishop F A Kibira.

Appreciation of nature will crown the day with a tour to lake Bunyonyi and a culture evening in return to the base at Ruahoroza.

Thousands gear up for Xaverian National Camp

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Published: Monday, 04 December 2017
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Thousands of Xaverians from all the 19 Dioceses in the country have confirmed participation in the annual event which will run under the theme, “As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord”.

The National Xaverian Camp is set to kick-off next week from 7th - 10th, December in the Diocese of Fort Portal in Western Uganda.

The Xaverian Movement is a dynamic Movement of Catholic Action inspired by the spirit of the Gospel and healthy African traditions. It is community based and so members actively participates in social and development interventions for and with the local church communities. The Vision is to have committed Catholics deeply involved in the leadership, growth and development of the Church and Society. It embraces Children, Youths and Adults. Uganda is part of the International Xaverian movement.

The week-long event has been organized by the Xaverian Movement in collaboration with Fort Portal Diocese.

According to the National Xaverian Coordinator, Ben Kiwanuka, the National event is a Spiritual and Educational Camp aimed at helping to inspire Xaverians in the country in social and development interventions.

“As part of the growth agenda and Vision for our movement, we seek to build a culture of social and development interventions for and with local Church communities. We have divided the activities for the week during the Camp into three categories; charitable, spiritual and educational,” he said.

Under the charitable category, participants (divided into small groups) will reach out to people in the villages for community service particularly; sanitation for instance construction of temporary latrines, construction of racks for utensils and bathrooms made of reeds; praying for and washing clothes for the elderly or helpless people; and sharing some food stuff with the poor.

In the spiritual category, they will engage in activities such as teaching catechesis, bible sharing, and way of the cross, confessions, Daily Mass and prayers. While in the educational category, the Xaverians will engage in craftsmanship, primary health care, positive life skills, games and sports as well as parades and techniques.

The highlight of the week will be a Holy Mass celebration held on Sunday, 10th, December led by Rt. Rev. Bishop Robert Muhiirwa, the Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese. It is also expected to attract dignitaries such as politicians from the region, priests, and religious men and women involved in the chaplaincy of the Xaverian movement in Uganda.

UGANDA: Catholic women hold inaugural fundraising dinner to empower rural women

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Published: Monday, 27 November 2017
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On 8th, November, 2017, Catholic women from across Uganda gathered in Kampala for a fundraising dinner towards the economic empowerment of rural women in the country.

The dinner, which was the first of its kind, was organized by the Family Desk under the Lay Apostolate Department of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) with an aim of accelerating progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women and their needs.

The National Coordinator of the UEC Family Desk, Mrs. Florence Kwesigabo said that rural women are central to the development of rural areas and to national economies however most of them are still struggling.

“Often, rural women are the caregivers who look after children, the elderly, and the whole household in general. Majority of these rural women are small business entrepreneurs who dedicate most of their earnings to the well-being of their families and societies. So we realized as a Family Desk, we need to empower them (rural women) to improve their daily live hood,” she said.

The fundraising dinner is one of the strategies that have been introduced by the Family Desk since the launch of the Women Empowerment and Domestic Violence Prevention Campaign (WE-DVPC) programme on March 1, 2017. WE-DVPC proposes an outcome in which women countrywide are free from violence and its associated risks. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on areas: ending violence against women; enhancing women's economic empowerment and increasing women’s leadership and participation.

It is a successor programme of the National Domestic Violence Prevention Campaign Programme (NDVPC) which ended in February, 2017.

The new programme is running in all the 19 Catholic Dioceses in Uganda through the national and diocesan structures of the Catholic Church. WE-DVPC programme commenced with the training of programme staff on programme and finance management.

The dinner attracted representatives from the four ecclesiastical provinces who include bishops, diocesan women leaders and corporate figures among others.

 (By Jacinta W. Odongo, Media Officer, UEC)


A section of Catholic Women doing a traditional Dance


The Bishops assisting the women to cut a cake

A section of the Bishops who attended the function

Catholic Church supports the initiative of Strengthening Peace Studies Program at the Catholic Institutes of Higher Learning.

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Published: Wednesday, 29 November 2017
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The Catholic Church in Uganda and her sister agencies have embraced the various initiatives with full support that aimed at reviewing, strengthening and promoting peace studies program at the Catholic Institutes of Higher Learning.
This was said by Archbishop John Baptist Odama during the opening ceremony of a three-day institute on Peace and Justice Studies Program Development within the Catholic Social Tradition held at Imperial Botanical Beach hotel, Entebbe, Uganda from 7-9, November, 2017.
Archbishop Odama who is the Chair of Uganda Episcopal Conference, said that he will share the aim of the conference with his brother Bishops and urge them to support the efforts as they explore ways on how these academic programs can learn from and contribute to the peace and justice work of the wider Catholic community and the wider society.
According to Archbishop Odama, the initiative of the conference originated from the recommendations of the Catholic Episcopate of the Great Lakes region on peace and reconciliation which gave birth to the Proposal for Research in Education for Peace which was approved by the General Assembly of the Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar in 2014, in Johannesburg.
“It is great joy to see this positive evolvement that gives us so much hope that together we can do more and that we can invite each other to pave steady roads to peace and development. One of the achievements that the Catholic universities and Catholic professors of Justice and peace would be to link the Catholic tradition to their scholarship,” he said.
He said, “Having lived in conflict times for quite a long time and having dedicated much of my pastoral life in working for reconciliation, peace, and justice, I wish to share this with you that I feel particularly honoured to be part of this important meeting and I wish that I continue to be part of this initiative.”
Archbishop Odama urged the participants to come up with the resolution of promoting synergy between the Institutions and the Catholic Church in the region, by initiating close collaboration between the universities, research centers, justice and peace commissions, various levels of Caritas and Social communications services.
“I sincerely believe that this conference will enable you to share ideas and experiences from your respective institutions, and thus you will be able to embed in peace and conflict programs cardinal issues of freedom, justice, and equality in the light of the Social Teaching of the Church,” Archbishop Odama said.

MALAWI: AMECEA Secretaries General Administrative Secretaries meet in Malawi

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Published: Monday, 27 November 2017
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Administrative Secretaries of the S3ecretary General (SG) from the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in East Africa (AMECEA) have been meeting at Catholic Secretariat of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) in Lilongwe to deliberate on how best they can discharge their duties in their respective countries.

ECM Secretary General, Rev. Fr. Henry Saindi said he was delighted to host the administrative Secretaries in Malawi and feels the training they under-go will boost their professionalism.

Addressing the Administrative Secretaries on 22nd, November, 2017, ECM Chairman and the Archbishop of Lilongwe, Most Rev. Tarcizious Ziyaye said AMECEA is an important Association of Catholic Bishops and strives to make progress, hence, Administrative Secretaries to the Secretaries Generals are crucial in ensuring that this progress is realized.

“These meetings are important especially that you do rotate to different countries. Exposure is very important as we learn quite a lot from one another. The work of an Administrative Secretary is the hub of the Secretary General’s work,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Facilitator of the training, Valentino Zimpita expects that, by the end of the training, participants will be drilled in understanding conflict, win-win negotiation, conflict management strategies, time management, ethics and integrity, stress management and confidentiality.

Speaking on behalf of fellow Administrative Secretaries, AMECEA Secretariat’s Sr. Nancy Wangui Karanja commended Archbishop Ziyaye and ECM Secretary General for the warm welcome to Malawi.

“On behalf of my friends who are participating in this training, I would like to thank you, Your Grace and the Secretary General for allowing us to be here and we don’t take this gesture for granted. We also thank our facilitator for sharpening us into good Secretaries hence promise to be much better after-wards,” said Sr. Karanja

Among the participants to the training include Sr. Karanja (AMECEA Secretariat, Ms Gloria Pereira (Malawi), Ms. Cissy Kagimu (Uganda), Sr. Audrey Mwale (Zambia) and Mrs Hellen Maingi (Kenya).

Participants' Group Photo with Most Rev. Tarcisius Gervazio Ziyaye - Archbishop of Lilongwe, ECM Secretary General -  Rev. Fr. Henry Saindi , Mr. Valentino Zimpita - Facilitator

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