Uganda

History of Friars in Uganda 

The decision to begin a new fraternity in Uganda also was taken by the first Council of the Vicariate, held in Nairobi in September 1983, since various congregations of Franciscan Sisters already existed in Uganda also. The project was to found a fraternity in the north, in the diocese of Soroti, and another in the south, in the diocese of Mbarara.

In the beginning of December 1983, Br. Larry Dunphy, Br. Hoffman and Br. Tony Chojnacki left Nairobi and went to Soroti, where the Bishop, Mons. Wandera, brought them to the mission of Wandera to study the local language. In March 1984 they were invited to three different parishes to have an experience of parish pastoral activity. Larry was sent to Katekok, near lake Nakuwe, Tony to Kyere and Jim to Amuria.

But each of them had different aspirations with regard to the pastoral activity: Br. Jim wanted to give spiritual retreats, Br. Tony was interested in the formation of the young and Br. Larry wanted to work in the formation of adults. At the end of April the three returned to Soroti and the Bishop sent them to the parish of Ngora. The house in Soroti was later abandoned and a house in Maharaja was opened.

This became the novitiate for the whole Vice-Province (except Madagascar) and, finally, the Friars accepted a parish in Rushooka, in the diocese of Mbarara.

Mbarara

The Noviciate for the whole Province takes place in Mbarara - Uganda.

Main chapel for the Noviciate-Uganda
Main chapel for the Noviciate-Uganda.

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The Noviciate buildings in Kakoba - Mbarara.

Friar Aimable at work
Friar Aimable at work.

After founding the noviciate in Mbarara-Uganda the friars moved on to find a parish in Rushooka.

Rushooka

Main Parish Church - Rushooka, Uganda
Main Parish Church - Rushooka, Uganda.

The main friary in RushookaThe main friary in RushookaThe main friary in Rushooka
The main friary in Rushooka.

Friars currently working in Rushooka ParishFriars currently working in Rushooka ParishFriars currently working in Rushooka Parish
Friars currently working in Rushooka Parish, Uganda.