Jinja Catholic Diocese Seeks Shs 2.2bn To Organise The 2023 Martyrs’ Day Celebrations
Rt. Rev. Charles Martin Wamika the ordinary of Jinja Diocese has revealed that his Diocese needs Shs. 2.2 billion to facilitate the organization of the 2023 Uganda Martyrs’ day celebrations at Namugongo.
He said this during the first Press conference on the 2023 Uganda Martyrs celebrations which was held today 16th March 2023 at the Uganda Episcopal Conference Secretariat in Nsambya.
Theme For the 2023 Martyrs celebrations is “Lord Increase our faith” chosen because the Marty’s shed their blood because of faith in Jesus Christ (Luke 17:5) .
The prelate said that they hope to raise the funds from the lay Christians contributions, Corporate Companies and from the Government of Uganda. And also Appealed the above mentioned for support.
“For accountability purposes and support, an account in Centenary bank was created
03100092405 -In names of Diocese of Jinja Namugongo 2023″ Bishop Said.
He added that activities such as the ‘Walk of Faith’ from Munyonyo to Old Kampala have been organised to mark the celebrations and committees such as Finance, Security, Liturgy, Transport, Communication etc have been constituted for the smooth running of the Celebrations.
Monsignor John Baptist Kauta the Secretary General of the Uganda Episcopal Conference said that over 1 million pilgrims from all over the world are expected. He requested the pilgrims to focus on why they are coming to Namugongo.
Rev. Fr. Paul Okello the Jinja Diocese Chancellor explained that foot pilgrims will set off on 29th May and have a stopover at lugazi, set off on 30th May to St Paul Mukono and then St Augustine Seeta where they will all gather and set off to Namugongo on 31st May together with the Bishop and later have Mass at Namugongo.
Paul Baliraine the Chairperson of the Central Organising Committee noted that there are arrangements of meeting the Kyabazinga and the people from Busoga Region to participate fully in the celebrations.
Jinja Diocese last organized the 3rd June Namugongo Celebrations in 2002, 21 years ago and out of the 22 Catholic Uganda Martyrs, Matia Mulumba and Gonzaga Gonza hailed from Busoga.