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History of Kyawangabi Chapel

The White Fathers dedicated the whole Uganda mission to the Immaculate Virgin Mary on 21 November 1879, the feast of the presentation of Mary. (…) The Fathers believed without hesitation in miracles performed by Mary, especially in times of peril. This was quickly accepted and adopted by the Baganda Catholics. When the Fathers returned from exile to find their mission more flourishing, it was seen as a miracle of Mary. When their young readers showed the courage of martyrdom, it was regarded as another miracle by Mary, as was the victory of the Christian army against the Muslims. Finally, when the Protestants failed to eliminate the Catholics, it also appeared to be because of Mary’s protection. Now in Buddu in 1892 both the Catholics and missionaries felt it was time to thank Mary for all the favours obtained and to rely on her protection from the plagues and for successes in the future. What emerged was a Marian devotion that had its origin in the White Fathers, but fully adapted to Ganda culture and mentality, to an extent that Lavigerie’s fear of superstition was in some ways proved right.The Baganda’s devotion, respect and love for the queen mother were the tools used to explain the Marian devotion. The queen’s mother (Namasole) was ‘king’ in her own right, ruling a kingdom within a kingdom. She was the most effective door for those seeking special royal favours, and the ardent upholder of the purity of the nation’s traditions. All these qualities were attributed to Mary with very little theological consideration. The queen mother’s titles were used for Mary: Namasole, Naluggi (head-door), Nnabijjano (full of surprise). Each title explained a reality to the Baganda better than any Marian book could have done.

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Approach of Kyawangabi Shrine

  • The Management committee

    The Management committee sits once a month mainly to evaluate the day to day issues

  • Society

    Faith remains a condition sine qua non it is impossible to build a just society

  • The dignity of human life

    In the same way, our approach to the dignity of human life is deeply rooted

  • The dignity of the human person

    Rooted in the teaching of the Catholic Church

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