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    Br. Alan Harrod, csc, has been serving as a Holy Cross Missionary in Uganda for the last 26 years. In the course of his ministry he has been in Fort Portal diocese, Jinja diocese and Kampala archdiocese. This month he is retiring to the USA. Br. Alan shared with us his times in Uganda, what has captivated him about the country and the future prospects of Holy Cross.


     For how long have you been in Uganda?

    I first visited Uganda in September of 1989.  I returned in 1990 for ministry here.  So, it has been 26 years.  Some health concerns make it necessary for me to return to my home country, the USA at this time.


    What has inspired and captivated you?

     Recently I read an article about countries that receive visitors warmly.  In that    survey, Uganda was the country that ranked highest in all of the world.  The people who responded spoke of the friendliness and warmth of Ugandan people.  They did not distinguish between tribes; they spoke of the warmth of the Ugandan people.  There were no negative comments at all.  Having lived here for more than 25 years, I feel that what they said is very true.  After many years of instability after independence, the people value stability.  This country has been called the “Pearl of Africa” and the beauty one sees in nature attests to that.  The climate is very agreeable in most of the country.  Abundant rain keeps the vegetation green for most of the year.  


    How do you rate the growth of Holy Cross In various ministries?

     The main ministries of Holy Cross are parish ministry and education.  In Uganda we staff two parishes, one in Fort Portal Diocese and the other in Jinja Diocese.  There is a parish in Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya.  The parish is made up of two worship centres, a primary school and a comprehensive clinic.  In Tanzania, there are two parishes, one in Karatu and another in Arusha.  There is likelihood of Holy Cross accepting other commitments in Tanzania in future.


    One of the  defining objectives of missionary societies is indigenization. To what extent has Holy Cross pursued this objective?

    Most  of the members of Holy Cross in East Africa are in fact Africans. There are some 65 young men in training from postulancy to novitiate to post novitiate formation.  There are some 25-30 brothers and priests in active ministry.  Most of these are Africans from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.. and some 8 American Holy Cross members. 


    I would encourage young men who are interested in serving the Lord as Holy Cross priests or brothers  to contact Fr. Muhindo Luke, CSC, the Vocations Director.  His email is and his office phone is 011-256-41-426-8325.




    Loreto girls secondary school in Rumbek, South Sudan, recently graduated 29 girls, the largest class of girls to graduate from the school in South Sudan since the country’s independence of 2011.
    In 2014, the United Nations (UN) lauded the school for graduating 23 girls, the first time 23 girls had graduated at once from a single secondary school in South Sudan.
    Over one thousand people, among them donors of the school; representatives of the traditional leaders and state government; members of the clergy and the religious of Rumbek Diocese all gathered to witness the continuation of the school’s achievement of graduating more and more South Sudanese girls.
    The well-attended event, which started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, was marked by cultural song and dance from various South Sudanese ethnic groups and speeches.



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    Vatican: The logo for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Egypt, which takes place 28-29 April, has been released by the Egyptian Catholic Church.The three main elements present in the logo are Egypt, Pope Francis, and Peace.

    “Pope of Peace in Egypt of Peace” are the words in Arabic and English at the base of the logo.
    Egypt is represented by the Nile River – a symbol of life – as well as by the pyramids and the Sphinx, which highlight the long history of civilization in this African country.

    The Cross and Crescent Moon at the center of the logo represent the coexistence between the various components of the Egyptian people. A white dove signifies peace, which is both the highest gift to which every human being can aspire and the greeting of monotheistic religions. Finally, the dove precedes Pope Francis to announce his arrival as the Pope of Peace in a country of peace.

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    ADDIS ABABA: The Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat (ECS) has marked its Golden Jubilee this week under the theme “50 Years of Witnessing the Gospel.”Speaking at the annual Church Partners’ Coordination meeting held to coincide with the Golden Jubilee, Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel  C.M., the Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) praised the ESC. He said the Catholic Church through the Secretariat and diocesan offices responds to the needs of the people while reading the signs of the time through the light of Christ.


    “The fundamental mission of the Church is to serve the poor. The Church does not remain silent in an ever changing world but responds through its different interventions of pastoral and social development in order to address the pressing needs of the time,” said the Cardinal.


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    The new President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM), Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator has said since the African continent endures a complexity of crises such as poverty, drought, governance issues, migration and displacement, these present opportunities to the Society of Jesus to evangelise. The JESAM President made the remarks in an interview with Jesuit Communications in Harare, Zimbabwe.


    “Africa itself is a frontier, as a continent, it is faced with many challenges, but also it presents a lot of opportunities. It is a very youthful continent blessed with talented young people who may not always have the opportunities they deserve to put this talent at the service of the continent, and that’s a huge frontier for the Jesuits.” Fr Orobator added, “All these are all frontiers that Jesuits strive to respond to.”


    Following Fr Orobator’s appointment as JESAM President by the Superior General of the Jesuits, in February, the Nigerian Jesuit said he looks forward to connecting with Jesuits on the continent of Africa and Madagascar, and make himself totally and completely available for the service of the mission of the Society of Jesus.


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  • LWANGA The Archbishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has called for the preservation of the environment to minimize the effects of climate change. In his Christmas Day sermon during the Mass at Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala also spoke out against the wanton cutting of trees. He urged researchers and innovators to find sources of alternative energy for fuel instead of firewood and charcoal. Read more:



    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday called on Christians to “overcome evil with good and hatred with love.” In a tweet marking the Feast of Saint Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, the Pope said, “let us remember the martyrs of today and yesterday.” It was a theme the Holy Father picked up in his Angelus address to the thousands of pilgrims who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square on this, the day after Christmas.

    Here is Vatican Radio's translation of the Pope’s remarks at the Angelus 26 December 2016:

    Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

    The joy of Christmas also fills our hearts today, as the liturgy has us celebrate the martyrdom of Saint Stephen, the first martyr, inviting us to receive the witness that through his sacrifice he has left us. It is the testimony with which his sacrifice became glorious, precisely the glory of Christian martyrdom, suffered for love of Jesus Christ; martyrdom which continues to be present in the history of the Church, since Stephen up to this day.




    The 24th Archbishop Joseph Kiwnauka Memorial Lecture was held on 1st December at Pope Paul VI Memorial Community Centre in Kampala under the theme;
    University Education Essential for effective African Leadership: Archbishop Kiwanuka’s Contribution to Catholic Higher Education in Uganda and Beyond.

    The presenter, Prof. Fr. John Chrysostom Maviiri, the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Martyrs University paid tribute to Archbishop Kiwanuka’s immense contribution to the advancement of higher education in the entire region.


    ‘Kiwanuka spearheaded the church’s holistic approach to the needs and challenges of society. He strongly upheld and promoted the value of quality education as a key tool for improving the quality of lives of society by ushering in effective leadership’ remarked Prof. Maviri.

    Kiwanuka, the first native Bishop south of the Sahara was ordained to the priesthood in 1929. He was passionately committed to promoting quality education and mooted the idea of a Catholic university way back in the 1950s.


    It was not until 1993 when Uganda Martyrs University was opened that Kiwanuka’s dream was finally realized.


    The event was well-attended by members of the executive, legislature, laity and clergy, including the Archbishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop Emeritus Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, the Vicar General of Kampala Archdiocese Msgr Charles Kasibante, Msgr. Charles Kimbowa, Fr. Lawrence Semusu the Chaplain of MUBS.


    The Guest of Honor, Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba, the NRM Secretary General, reiterated the need for all people right from the family level to build a lasting legacy in emulation of Archbishop Kiwanuka.

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    St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music, because she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married, and is represented in art with an organ or organ-pipes in her hand.
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Dear people of God, let us keep our hearts clean  as we continue to thank God,  especially as we celebrate  the Risen Christ who over came death, death on a cross and rose after three days. Happy Easter Season 2017.


Radio Maria Uganda continues to pray for a succesful Mariathon 2017 and urges all people of God to support the project of running with Mother Mary to help us.


 Radio Maria Uganda in this   Month also  continues  to pray for peace with the Situation in Kasese, Burundi and the World over. The Rosary is  weekly Mondays and  Fridays 8PM East African Time. Please join us to pray for Peace in Burundi and in the rest of the World.

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