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Sharing the Mission Ministry: From Boston to Luweero, Uganda

Every day, missionaries are hard at work spreading the Gospel because of the support of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  At the behest of the Holy Father, our brothers and sisters are served in places where they are  too poor for even an address: places where many have come to know that the people of Boston can be relied on for prayerful support.

An example of this generosity came from one of our inner city parishes: St. Patrick Church in Roxbury, MA. A parishioner donated to a mission priest through our Missionary Cooperative Plan who had spoken of catechists – local men and women in Africa who run Sunday worship services in remote outstations in the absence of a priest. These catechists and their spouses may walk over 10 miles to their mud-walled chapels. Father told the Boston parish that for $100, he could buy a bicycle so the catechists’  “commute” time was cut significantly, allowing them to spend more time in faith formation. When a parishioner handed Father that exact amount after Mass, a promise was made: a bicycle would be purchased.

In June 2011, a member of our staff was privileged to visit the Archdiocese of Tororo, Uganda, a remote, mountainous place. After touring a local parish, she was asked to cover her eyes and was led outside. There proudly stood the parish catechist, Joseph and his wife Robin, with their new bicycle. A metal plate hung from the cross bar that read: Donated by Cesar, Boston USA.

<p>Joseph said that every Sunday, he and Robin used to walk 13 miles to lead the worship service and faith formation classes at his outstation. Now thanks to Boston, they ride. He said as he pedals, he prays, “Thank you God, for Boston!” They now know we are all part of the same family no matter how far apart we live.

To share in the ministry of catechists like Joseph and Robin, who carry the Good News to the most rural outposts of the missions, click on our Donate Now button at the top of the page.

Sharing in the Mission Ministry

Every day, missionaries are hard at work spreading the Gospel because of the support of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  At the behest of the Holy Father, our brothers and sisters are served in places where they are too poor for even an address: places where many have come to know that the people of Boston can be relied on for prayerful support.

An example of this generosity came from one of our inner city parishes: St. Patrick Church in Roxbury, MA. A parishioner donated to a mission priest through our Missionary Cooperative Plan who had spoken of catechists – local men and women in Africa who run Sunday worship services in remote outstations in the absence of a priest. These catechists and their spouses may walk over 10 miles to their mud-walled chapels. Father told the Boston parish that for $100, he could buy a bicycle so the catechists’  “commute” time was cut significantly, allowing them to spend more time in faith formation. When a parishioner handed Father that exact amount after Mass, a promise was made: a bicycle would be purchased.

In June 2011, a member of our staff was privileged to visit the Archdiocese of Tororo, Uganda, a remote, mountainous place. After touring a local parish, she was asked to cover her eyes and was led outside. There proudly stood the parish catechist, Joseph and his wife Robin, with their new bicycle. A metal plate hung from the cross bar that read: Donated by Cesar, Boston USA.

Joseph said that every Sunday, he and Robin used to walk 13 miles to lead the worship service and faith formation classes at his outstation. Now thanks to Boston, they ride. He said as he pedals, he prays, “Thank you God, for Boston!” They now know we are all part of the same faith family no matter how far apart we live.

To share in the ministry of catechists like Joseph and Robin, who carry the Good News to the most rural outposts of the missions, click on our Donate Now button at the top of the page.

The Archdiocese of Kampala has a vision

What’s Happening Now The Most Rev. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, of the Archdiocese of Kampala has a vision. On a recent visit to the Mission Office here in Boston, he shared his dream of a different Uganda – one where his people have easy access to health care, financial security and can have their faith enriched locally. He has asked for our help to build these hubs of education. Archbishop Lwanga, a direct descendant of St. Kizito, one of the Ugandan Martyrs, is the head of an Archdiocese that is both urban and rural. The problems range from the street children and homelessness found in the city to the lack of immediate health care and education in the poor banana and coffee farm areas. Watch the video below, to hear in his own words, how his people could be served by multi-purpose buildings, receiving health care, education and faith formation all in one place.

The Most Rev. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, of the Archdiocese of Kampala has a vision. On a recent visit to the Mission Office here in Boston, he shared his dream of a differentUganda – one where his people have easy access to health care, financial security and can have their faith enriched locally. He has asked for our help to build these hubs of education. Archbishop Lwanga, a direct descendant of St. Kizito, one of the Ugandan Martyrs, is the head of an Archdiocese that is both urban and rural. The problems range from the street children and homelessness found in the city to the lack of immediate health care and education in the poor banana and coffee farm areas. Watch the video below, to hear in his own words, how his people could be served by multi-purpose buildings, receiving health care, education and faith formation all in one place.

In Uganda, the average person earns $1300 per year. Most people are farmers, dependent on the weather and a good harvest to eke out an existence And yet, the spread of the faith “to the ends of the earth” is so important to Ugandan Catholics, that in 2007 they prayed, and sacrificed $10,000 to the Propagation of the Faith. We pray that through the intercession of St. Charles Lwanga and the Ugandan Martyrs their prayers may be answered.