Sunday, June 30, 2013

Inside 100 years of priesthood

From New Vision (Africa)

The first Ugandans to be ordained priests were Victor Mukasa Womeraka and Bazilio Lumu. They were ordained at Villa-Maria Parish in Masaka Diocese by Bishop Henri Streicher, then Vicar Apostolic of Northern Nyanza, on June 29, 1913.

The two priests were buried inside Villa Maria Cathedral, close to former bishops Streicher and Adrian Ddungu.

How it happened

According to the book A History of African Priests, by the late Fr. John Mary Waliggo, Streicher met lots of resistance when he suggested training Africans into priesthood. But he is quoted as having responded: “To get one indigenous priest is, for me, more important than converting 10,000 people.”

The two priests were among the first six seminarians who were admitted at a new seminary at Rubaga in Kampala, before it was relocated to Kisubi, near Entebbe. Laer, it was then relocated to Biikira, Kyotera in Masaka, to Bukalasa and finally to Katigondo in 1911.

According to Waliggo, Streicher introduced a tradition, which continues to this day during ordinations. Just after the first ordination, which was massively attended, he knelt down before the two fresh priests to receive their blessing.

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