KAMPALA - The Catholic religious missionary priests and Sisters of the religious institutes of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, who are in the country for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the inception of their congregation, on December 05 made a pilgrimage of faith in honour of the pioneer Catholic missionaries of the missionary society of White Fathers.
The visiting confreres honoured their predecessors by trekking in their footsteps of the pioneer missionaries, Fr. Simeon Lourdel Mapeera and Bro. Delmas Amans, who arrived in Uganda on February 17, 1879.
They visited Kigungu Landing Site, in Entebbe Municipality, where Mapeera and Amans first set foot upon their arrival by boat.
They later visited places such as Kisubi, where the missionaries made a stop-over as they trekked to the palace of King Muteesa I of Buganda, to seek permission to preach the Catholic faith.
The confreres also visited institutions such as Kisubi parish, Kisubi Hospital and the Convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix, Mapeera Bakateyamba's Home Nalukolongo and Rubaga Hospital, which were all founded, or have an affiliation with the White Fathers and White Sisters.
They ended the pilgrimage with mass at Rubaga Cathedral.
The mass was presided over by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, who later hosted the White Fathers and White Sisters to a dinner at his residence.