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The then Deacons being presented for ordination by the MC of The diocese

After anointing with holy Oils the new priests are presented to the audience by the bishop

In company of all priests present, the new priests join the older priests to be presented to the Christian Community

29th February was a land-mark for many in the diocese of Jinja, being ordinations day for the year 2020 and also the 6 newly ordained priests were released for a month long holiday, so to say a honeymoon time. It was at 10 am t

Fr Gerald Muto after being called forward for ordination

he Saturday morning when the procession began with a throng of Christians who came from different corners of the diocese and other dioceses to witness the ordination of six of our brethren into the order of priesthood. Among whom are priests as far as Masaka, Fort-portal, Tororo, Soroti, Lugazi well as from congregations. There were also priests and religious from many congregations. All this was in the seminary grounds of St Gonzaga Gonza on their day of opening the seminary. This was the fourth year of existence.

Fr Ronald Isiko after ordination before being anointed

The new priests include:

  1. Fr. Charles Kasadha, from Namirali Parish: thanksgiving mass at Nakivumbi on 7th March 2020
  2. Fr Osuna Silver Owori (OSO) from Kakira Parish:Thanksgiving mass at Iganga on 1st March 2020
  3. Fr Isiko Ronald from Buswale Parish: Thanksgiving mass at Namaying on 4th April 2020
  4. Fr Gerald Muto from Wesunire Parish: Thanksgiving mass at his home in Wesunire on 21st March 2020 Kakooge at Mr Simon Mulyabise at 10:30 am
  5. Fr Denis Ngobi Wanzala from Budini Parish: Thanksgiving masses at Budini parish and home (14th & 15th) at 10.00 Am
  6. Fr Julius Kaziba from Busowa parish: Thanksgiving mass at Nambaale Busowa parish on 28th March 2020 at 11am

    Fr Muto Gerald with guardians

On this day, the brides were to start their monthly holiday after which they get appointments to where they are to work in different parishes.

Fr Denis Wanzala Ngobi with parents before being summoned for ordination ceremony

On this day of ordinations, Bishop Charles Martin Wamika announced the withd

Surrender to the Holy Spirit

Fr Julius Being anointed with oil

rawal of two priests from the parish of Namirali and Katigondo Seminary, that is Fr Tumwebaze Thomas and Fr Henry Jude Mbazira respectively for studies in Italy specifically this year as a request from the seminaries for these priests to get ready to help in the seminary after their further studies. Fr Emmanuel Olupot too is going on scholarship to Rome.

Bishop blesses the new class of Senior Ones as they begin their journey of formation to priesthood while their elders complete on this very day! quite memorable

This, year the New Seminary St Gonzaga Gonza at Iganga is to have the first products for Senior Four, since the seminary started almost 4 years ago.



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We would like to thank all our seminarians and staff of Uganda Martyrs’ Minor Seminary Jinja for the good results they achieved for the year 2019 in UACE congratulations. We also thank our parents and guardians for the good effort to educate the children with their support and guidance to this level.

special thanks to Fr Mukwaya John Baptist Kaddu

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Bishop mixes the oils

Fr Tumwebaze delivers the oils for consecration

Some of the priests who came to renew their promises

17th April 2019 was chrism mass for the diocese Jinja. It is an event that is central to the catholic faith. It is a day of oils and therefore refreshment of sacraments of the sick, baptism, confirmation and holy orders in terms of the priesthood. Its more so a day of the priesthood and the institution of the sacrament of the Eucharist. When the priests of the diocese of Jinja renewed their promises to the bishop of the diocese of Jinja.

On this very day, the day of the priests, the laity gave gifts to all priests around and absent to show their appreciation to their priests as they serve them in their lovely catholic faith. Later on they were hosted to a luncheon at the cathedral parish hall, they were joined by the Christians for the meal.

Fr Kayaga Richard, Sr Dhabikoba, Fr Fred Kyuka,  Msgr Kawanguzi E, MsgrIsiko, Fr Sofronius Sajabbi. Fr Dr Joseph Mpala Ngulu Translation committee headed by the the liturgical commission that is chaired by the episcopal vicar for the religious Rev Fr Mukwaya JB

Bishop receives the oils brought in courtesy of Itanda parish in Budini deanery presented by Fr Kabaka Anthony

On this occasion, a Lusoga missal was launch was launched and those behind its formation, headed by the liturgical commission, translation committee and the cultural research center. Among the main characters on this noble duty was Fr Fred Kyuka (translator), Fr Richard Kayaga(chief editor and translator), Fr Sofronius Sajabbi (in-charge of corrections-omwiruuzi), Fr Mbiro, Msgr. Christopher Isiko, Fr Joseph Mpala Ngulu, Sr Rose Agnes Dhabikoba, Fr Emmanuel Kawanguzi and a host of lay people that happened to be absent that is Chris Kunya, Mr Wansolo and others.

Fr Richard Kayaga on launching the Lusoga Missale

Due to sleeping sickness in bukaleba it was delayed till 1999. Deans and liturgical commission also did a big part in the final proofreading of the missale in lusoga. This was presented to the bishop by Fr Mukwaya JB.

Bishop unsealing the new Lusoga Missale

Among the most amazing things of the inauguration speech of Fr Richard Kayaga was the first version of the Lusoga translation for 1894 by church missionary society and by 1899, the gospel of John. Things stalled then only to relaunch and the next new testament was launched in 1999 in May, and then the full bible was launched. In 1955, a few Basoga launched the Lusoga newsletter called “KODHEEYO” to uplift the Lusoga language and didn’t take long either. Later in 1997 “NDIMUGEZI” was launched to enhance the Lusoga language too. 1966 a committee was instituted to develop the Lusoga language.

The mass of Chrism led by Bishop Rt. Rev. Charles Martin Wamika

Bishop launched using Lusoga to launch the missal but warned this is being used on trial to try and fulfil the details of Rome on liturgical books with time. He congratulated the Christians on stopping to use the leaflets. So it will be used on trial level (okugeseza). He thus authorized the use of the missal as the await the final approved missal by Rome.

Bishop Charles Martin Wamika also read the deanery that was to organize the next year’s chrism mass which will be schools in Iganga deanery. He also notified that he had signed the letters for the deacons to be ordained priests at Namirali parish that is to be opened on 18th May 2019.

In the background is Namunyumya st Michael girls boarding primary school leading the choir on Chrism mass day

Bp Wamika releasing the new Lusoga Missale

Mr Paul Baliraine thanked the Bishop for the stewardship of the diocese, the new parishes already opened and yet to be opened (Namirali) and as a laity of the diocese, gave gifts to all the priests present and absent for the good work as a sacrament to them, just as a sign of appreciation to them for the work they always do for the Christians of the diocese of Jinja. The deaneries that prepared different items and the liturgy by the children of some schools from Namunyumya that sung at the occasion.

Day of renewal of promises to the Bishop on chrism mass

Fr Paul Okello Wandera, the chairperson of the priests in the diocese of Jinja thanked the bishop for the good work and acceptance and support for the priests of the diocese of Jinja. And called for prayer for all priests and religious in what he called an age of anonymous letters that try to threaten others in service. He called for renewal and reconciliation during this Easter season and wished all a nice Easter.



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After Mass Pictures

Some of the priests present to represent the clergy

On the 10th to 13th of January. All the Diocesan seminarians of Jinja Diocese gathered for their annual get-together in Buluba Hospital Parish. It has been the practice of the seminarians since time memorial to gather once in a year to advise and encourage each other, to compare notes and to strengthen the fraternal bond that must exist between them as future coworkers in the Lord’s vineyard. All seminarians gathered where 48 (one did not attend since he is out of the country for Theological Studies). Together with those were 16 aspirants to the major seminary.

At the breathe off evening of Saturday at Buluuba beach Doctrina

As part of our annual package, in his talk on Friday morning, the Bishop, His Lordship Charles Martin Wamika encouraged us to strengthen our bonds with our families and learn to accept who they are and to help resolve any discrepancies that exist in the families. It does not solve anything to run away from our family problems but on the other hand, it means a lot to hail from good and respectable families. He reminded us about the family tree – a theme he well expounded to us with the assistance of Fr. Benedict Wakabi last year. Each of us has a history that either directly or indirectly affects us. Therefore, we need to pray for blessings for our family tree and pray against curses and misfortunes that may befall us because of our families. He gave an example of someone hailing from a family of thieves. People always look at them as thieves regardless of the good ones. Furthermore, he moved along with Fr. Godfrey Kibumba, the Diocesan Financial Administrator who reechoed to us the Bishop’s appeal in as far as financial administration in ecclesiastical institutions and personal finances are concerned. Financial discipline is very important in any institutional (ecclesiastical) administration. “The parish finances are not for priests in Church but for the people so we (they) must always account for them,” he said. He also noted with concern that many priests have challenges in the ministry because of finances. “We as seminarians should learn and practice financial records. Each of us must keep records of one’s incomes and expenditures”, he said. “One of the challenges some parish administrators face,” he retorted, “is because they record incomes but neglect expenditures.” The two go hand in hand. To aid us in that, he taught us the use of ledgers in accounts as the easiest means to record one’s finances. To make it a habit, he advised us to begin now with our finances so that it will be easier to account for parish finances in future. Accounting is part and parcel of the Church”, he said, “So whoever is against accounts in the Church is against the Church.” As priests in making, we must feel with the Church, we must strive to develop the institution and use the resources to attain our needs and develop the parishes.

We then had our picnic at Doctina Beach (Buluba) on Saturday 12th. A number of priests joined us. They further encouraged us to feel well founded and true to our calling and trust God. There was a good luncheon and a lot of fun. On Sunday 13th, we animated Mass at Buluba Parish (We sang at Mass, served and the deacon preached.) We used that opportunity also to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life given the fact that Buluba has just a handful of vocations and no major seminarian. Many came up and promised to join in the noble vocations, parents promised their support and the celebrant and the deacons blessed the aspirants. We gave them words of encouragement after Mass. May God continue watering his call in them. There was also a football encounter against the youth of Buluba Parish. It ended 4-4 and the seminarians visited the hospital and had very nice inspiring and hope giving chats with the sick at the hospital wards. We left many smiling faces on the sick, desperate and needy and learnt not to call lepers “bagenge” but “elders”.

We thank all who contributed generously towards the gathering: the Diocese, the parishes and the priest’s fraternity and all people of good will. May God bless you all.

Rev. Owori Silver Osuna

Rev. Owori Silver Osuna

C/P, Gonzaga Gonza Group (GGG).