Last Wednesday, May 16, Will, Jamie and I all departed from the Juba airport: Will to Nairobi then on to the US, Jamie and I (after a cancelled flight and an all-day wait) to Entebbe (Kampala), Uganda.
We were warmly welcomed by the Polish Conventual Franciscans who staff the recently formed St. Francis of Assisi Church, located a few miles north of Kampala on the main road. The friars have been there for three years and recently moved into their newly finished residence. One of the classrooms on the ground floor of the still-under-construction school serves as the temporary parish church. They hope to begin construction on a proper church in the near future, after the school is finished.
|A quarry with a shallow pond and water lilies on the hill behind the parish.|
|The friary (orange roof, left) and school (red roof, center) from above.|
|The school, still under construction.|
|The temporary parish church on the ground floor of the school.|
|Jamie teaching a song at an outdoor Mass for small Christian community.|
|Fr. Herald preaching while the catechist translates into Luganda.|
|Fr. Wojtek receives a chicken as part of the offertory.|
|Fr. Simon and altar servers at Sunday Mass.|
|The Sunday collection, including potatoes, matoke (green plantains) and two chickens.|
On Sunday afternoon it was a special joy to catch up with Agnes Kiyimba, and meet her daughter Mary Nicolette. I married Dennis and Agnes in Kampala in December 2010, and their daughter Mary was born last November. I worked closely with Dennis in South Sudan while I was stationed there, and we just saw him in Torit last week. Their daughter is a beautiful, peaceful, joyful baby who has the special blessing of having two faith-filled, committed Catholics for parents.
|Mary Nicolette (Nelia) Kiyimba.|