Pilgrims Prayer and Calendar

EVENTS IN LINE WITH THE UGANDA MARTYRS

DATE

EVENT

17th February 1879

The arrival of the first Catholic Missionaries, Fr. Simeon peter Lourdel and Br. Amans Delmas. These missionaries became the spiritual fathers of many natives, some of who later became martyrs.

7th may 1879

The first Catholic Mass was celebrated in Uganda at Nabulagala-Lubya; in attendance were some Christians who were later martyred.

15th November 1885

The first Catholic Martyr, Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe was executed at Nakivubo

26th May-3rd June 1886

The condemning, arresting and execution of the Uganda martyrs by Kabaka Mwanga II.

27th January 1887

The last Catholic Martyr Jean-Marie Muzeyi was martyred.

14th August 1912

The Uganda Martyrs were cleared servants of God by Pope Pius X at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

6TH June 1920

The Uganda Martyrs were beatified by pope Benedict XV at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

18th October 1964

On Mission Sunday 18th October, 1964 – the 22 Uganda Martyrs were canonized by Pope Paul VI at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. At home, this was commemorated by a pilgrimage and celebration of Holy Mass at Namugongo. His Eminence Gregorio Pietro Cardinal Agagianian presided over the ceremony

July-August 1969

His Holiness Pope Paul VI visited Uganda on 31st July, 1969, the very first Papal visit to the African Continent as a whole, and made a pilgrimage to Namugongo on 2nd August, 1969.

3rd June 1975

On 3rd June during the Holy Year of 1975 Cardinal Sergio Pignedoli blessed and opened the Uganda Martyrs’ National Shrine at Namugongo

1979

The celebrations marking the Centenary of the introduction of the Catholic Faith in Uganda had gone on since the beginning of 1979 and the occasion of the climax celebrations was at Namugongo on 3rd June, 1979. His Eminence James Robert Cardinal Knox officiated at the ceremony

22nd March, 1981

His Lordship The Rt. Rev. Paul Kalanda, Bishop of Moroto was consecrated by His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal K. Nsubuga on 22nd March, 1981

2nd June, 1985

His Lordship The Rt. Rev. Matthias Ssekamaanya, Auxiliary Bishop of Kampala was consecrated by His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal K. Nsubuga on 2nd June, 1985.

1986

This year marked the centenary of the death of the 22 Uganda Martyrs. A Papal Legate in the person of His Eminence Jozef Cardinal Tomko presided over this climax celebrations at Namugongo on 3rd June, 1986.

1987

The Uganda Martyrs’ Centenary Year which had been opened on 15th November, 1985 was officially closed on 27th January, 1987 martyrdom day of St. Jean Marie Muzeeyi. His Eminence Laurean Cardinal Rugambwa presided over this ceremony

1989 On Mission Sunday 22nd October, 1989

The nearest Sunday to 18th October celebrations of the Silver Jubilee of the Canonization of the Uganda Martyrs as Saints (18.10.1964 – 18.10.1989).

1989 The Blessing and Official Opening of the New Fathers

Pilgrims House and the Uganda Martyrs’ Centenary Memorial Dispensary at Namugongo – 26th February, 1989

1993

His Holiness Pope John Paul II visited Uganda and spent 6 days in the country, from March 5 to 10. On March 7 he visited the Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine Namugongo and elevated it (the Shrine) to the rank of a Minor Basilica.

2005

The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa made a pilgrimage to Namugongo on 3rd June during the AMECEA conference held in Kampala

15th December 2013

The Uganda martyrs catholic parish/shrine celebrated its platinum jubilee.

2014

The Uganda martyrs marked the golden jubilee of the canonization. Declaration of the year of the jubilee of the canonization of Uganda martyrs by his grace Dr. Cyprian Lwanga, The archbishop of Kampala.

27th November 2015

The celebration of the golden jubilee of the canonization of the Uganda martyrs. The Holy Father, pope Francis visited Uganda to mark and celebrate the golden jubilee of the Uganda martyrs, made a pilgrimage and pastoral visit to the Uganda martyrs shrine Namugongo.

Kampala Archdiocese proposed annual calendar of pilgrimages to Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo.

Month

Day

Target Group

January

Holy Family Sunday

Families, Catholic Charismatic Renewal

February

Sunday Close to the 2nd February

The Religious

Sunday close to the 11th February

The Sick

March

Sunday close to 8th March

Catholic Women’s Guild

Last Sunday of March

Professionals and Civil servants

April

First Sunday of April

Teachers

May

May 26th

Catechists

June

June 3rd

All (National and International pilgrimage)

July

First Sunday of July

Transporters

3rd Sunday in July

Children – Bannakizito

August

First Sunday of August

Seminarians, Novices, Postulants and Aspirants

Last Sunday of August

Business Community

September

Second Sunday of September

Youth

October

First Sunday of October

Legionaries

November

Last Sunday of November

Catholic Men’s Guild – St. Balikuddembe

December

1st December

Medical Personnel and AIDS victims

Second Sunday of December

Security Personnel – St. Bruno Sserunkuuma

15th December

Priests

THE PROGRAM FOLLOWED BY THE PILGRIMS ON A DAILY BASIS DAYS

  1. On arrival, the pilgrims make a procession from the Martyrs’ Lake to the Basilica.
  2. They are ushered in to the basilica for confessions and veneration of the Martyr’s relics.
  3. They listen to the story of the Martyrs.
  4. They have Holy Mass.
  5. Reflections and personal prayers.
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