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THE KINYAMASIKA BRAND OF PRIESTS

THE KINYAMASIKA BRAND OF PRIESTS IS ZEALOUS, RESOURCEFUL AND RESPECTFUL

During the years I have served in the Church as Bishop I have had the joy of witnessing to the growth in numbers of young men aspiring to the priesthood. I have also shared with Brother-Bishops the mind of the Church in modern times following the teaching of Vatican II. These are some of the factors which influenced the Catholic Bishops of Uganda in their decision to open a second National Theological Seminary. We unanimously agreed it had to be in Western Uganda.

 

It so happened that the Government was also reorganizing Primary Teachers’ Colleges. Hon. Amanya Mushega, the then Minister of Education, accepted our proposal to phase out Kinyamasika PTC and keep Butiiti PTC. With all powers over Kinyamasika in our hands we lost no time; we immediately embarked on the work of rehabilitating the buildings we considered to be urgently needed for receiving students. A team of well-focused dynamic group of staff was appointed. Among these were Francis Isingoma, the Rector; and men like Francis Aquirinus Kibira, Vincent Kanyonza and others.

 

Kinyamasika has proved to be a real blessing for the Catholic Church. We have many very good priests who have been formed in that seminary. They are serving in all the Catholic Dioceses of Uganda. They have the brand of that institution for Kinyamasika is a Brand. They are zealous, resourceful and respectful both to their Bishops and to those they serve.

                                                                                                                               

In leading Kinyamasika, Msgr. Aquirinus Kibira was put in the limelight. By his selflessness and resourcefulness, piety, dedication and other intellectual, moral and spiritual qualities, he caught the attention of the Holy See. Kinyamasika ended up by unknowingly grooming a Bishop for the Diocese of Kasese.

Celebrating and closing one period of time means bracing for the next. The present and future generations have a good and firm foundation on which to build their individual lives and that of Kinyamasika family. It is a blessing and a challenge. It is my hope that they will rise up to it.

 

St. Paul’s National Seminary, Kinyamasika: Launch into the Deep”

 

+ Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala

Archbishop Emeritus of Kampala

 

 

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Saint Mary's Cathedral Rubaga, commonly referred to as Rubaga Cathedral, is the parent cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in Uganda. In 1914 the missionaries began constructing a modern cathedral at Lubaga (Rubaga). Construction was completed in 1924 and St. Mary's Cathedral Rubaga was consecrated on 31 December 1925.

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