By Juliet Lukwago
Pope Francis has hailed Ugandan nuns for serving the Catholic Church and playing big role in God’s service.
Sisters of Good Samaritan Nalukolongo from different parishes received blessings from Pope Francis.
Ambrose Nabikolo from Zirobwe parish in Kasana-Luweero diocese; Maria Constansia Nakibuuka of Namiryango in Lugazi, Mary Francis Nabagabe of Mwera, Mary Agnes Nalugwa of Vvumba both in Kiyinda-Mityana and Juliet Ssanyu Namutebi of Kakumiro in Hoima diocese have served the church and different sectors for the past twenty five years.
Auxiliary Bishop of Kampala archdiocese, Christopher Kakooza, handed over the acknowledgement letter to them during thanksgiving mass and silver Jubilee celebrations at their mother house at Nalukolongo on Sunday.
“His Holiness Pope Francis cordially imparts the requested apostolic blessings upon the Good Samaritan sisters congregation and pray an abundance of divine grace on the occasion of silver Jubilee of your religious profession and your different working sectors, “the letter that was framed stated.
These five nuns are among nine who made their first and final vows at Nalukolongo. Atleast three sisters; Maria Kyosiimire of Kahunge Parish in Hoima diocese, Mary Margaret Nakanjako of Mwera Parish in Kiyinda-Mityana diocese and Felista Ndagire of Buyoga Parish in Masaka diocese made their last vows.
They thanked God and their parents and guardians for helping them nourish their vocations for the past 25 years, final vows and first vows.
Bishop Kakooza advised parents to send their children to join religious congregations in order to serve their church and country.
The Mother General of Good Samaritan Sisters, Sr. Mathew C. Nakalema, said that the celebrants have played a big role in imparting religious norms and skills to the young generation.
She commended the sisters for working hard and serving God for the past twenty five years.
Six novitiates and three other Catholic sisters of the Order of Good Samaritans made their first and perpetual vows respectively during a holy mass led by the auxiliary bishop Kakooza, helped by Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa of Masaka diocese, Retired Bishop Kabale, John Baptist Kakubi, Bishop Francis from Botswana, vicar of Kasana-Luweero, Msgr Matthias Kanyerezi and many priests from different parishes and dioceses.
During the same mass, five nuns of the same congregation celebrated their silver jubilee since they joined the Order that undertakes to help the disabled as well as the elderly people at their Nalukolongo Home in Kampala.
The novitiates included Solome Nabakooza (Kyamuliibwa Parish-Masaka Diocese), Josephine Mbabazi (Kinyarugonjo Parish respectively, Hoima Parish), Sylvia Nassaka (Kitovu Parish, Masaka diocese), and Eveyne Nakacwa (Bujuni Parish, Hoima diocese) Patricia Walyamboka (Nyondo Parish, Tororo Archdiocese and Betty Nalwadda (Ggaba parish, Kampala Archdiocese)
The sisters who made perpetual vows included Maria Kyosiimire (Kahunge Parish- Fort-Portal Diocese); Mary Margaret Nakanjako (Mwera Parish in Kiyinda-Mityana) and Felista Ndagire (Buyoga Parish, Masaka diocese).
During his homily, Bishop Kakooza urged the sisters to adhere to their vows, reminding them that their decision meant following Jesus Christ and keeping holiness.
He hailed the sisters for choosing to remain poor and obedient to God as they serve mankind. He prayed God to fulfill what He had started in them and also asked them to love one another.
He reminded the congregation that the late Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga Kiwanuka, who started the home of Good Samaritan Sisters 36 years following the ten acts of the Good Samaritan who cared for the needy.