July Senatus meeting held on 17th July 2022

Centenary of the Founding of Legion of Mary: Celebrations continue in dioceses. Jinja and Soroti Dioceses were congratulated for the wonderful celebrations. Legionaries were informed that the document of the Plenary indulgence is not a prayer but a guide.

Extension: Each Legionary has a role to play in extension-actively participating, offering prayers or contributing to the work. Preparation for the work on Ssese Island is ongoing-those who can catechise were invited to register themselves so as to be part of the team. Each Council was requested to look out for Islands surrounding them so that evangelisation can be done.

Katikamu Curia under Kasana-Luweero Comitium and Madera Curia under Soroti Diocese had been formed.

Spiritual Directors Conference-Hoima Diocese: The regional Spiritual Directors Conference for Hoima Diocese will take place from 12th-14th August 2022. Preparations are in high gear.

Correspondence from Concilium: Among others, a suggestion was brought up that in the rural areas where the number of men in Legion of Mary is low, Praesidia for men can be started. In honour of the great work done by the Legion in the past 100 years by the founders and members, the President of the Concilium was nominated as a Member of the Pontifical Marian Academy International, involved in promoting devotion to Our Lady and true devotion to her.

Rosaries: Those who can were requested to donate Rosaries so that they can be given out to those who do not have.

All Legionaries were requested to pray for the election of the Senatus President due August 2022 Senatus meeting.

In the meeting, reports from Lira Comitium and Gulu Tertiary Institutions Curia were read. We received a report from Mary Comfort of the Afflicted Praesidium, Kigo Prison.

Solome Nkeesa: Being July, in the Mass before the Senatus meeting led by Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ddumba, we prayed for soul of Sr. Solome Nkeesa who donated the land where the Senatus meetings take place. Sr. Solome died on July 17, 2000.

Legion of Mary @100 talk

Don’t miss the talk hosted by UNCCLA (a body that brings together all the laity in Uganda).

Date: Thursday, 4th August 2022 at 6pm.

Presenter: Prof. Charles Mark Olweny, 3rd President of the Senatus of Uganda and Chancellor of Mbarara University.

You can participate in the meeting through ZOOM or via our YouTube Channel.

Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89749839494?pwd=ZURoY0NJWDRHZHZkelZGRzlHMS81UT09

Alternatively, Meeting ID: 897 4983 9494 and Passcode: 021211

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD_jekwX3C4

June Senatus meeting held on 26th June 2022

The President welcomed the members to the meeting and informed them that the June Senatus happened on the 4th Sunday of the month instead of 3rd Sunday of the month because of Corpus Christi Sunday, to enable full participation in the processions in different Parish.

Legionaries were thanked for having participated actively in the Uganda Martyrs celebrations on 3rd June. In a special way, Fort Portal Diocese was thanked for taking a lead. Senatus prays for the diocese of Jinja which is scheduled to animate Martyrs Day of 2023.

Senatus of Uganda commiserated with the Catholic Church and particularly Kabale Diocese upon the loss of Rev. Fr. Vincent Kanyonza on 2nd June 2022. He was the 8th Spiritual Director of Senatus of Uganda (1991-1993). Sr. Betty Nalwoga, Vice President of Bunamwaya Kiwumulo Comitium also passed on. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

Centenary Celebrations

Different Councils and Praesidia continue to hold the Centenary Celebrations. At Diocese level, Mbarara, Masaka, Tororo, Kasana-Luweero, Gulu, Moroto and Kiyinda-Mityana have already celebrated.

In Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese, Rt. Rev. Joseph Anthony Zziwa, the Ordinary and Chairman of Uganda Episcopal Conference appreciated legionaries especially for the prayers said for a fallen legionary during the funeral and for being at the weekly meetings at the parishes. He cautioned Legionaries against claiming Marian visions and giving unfounded messages. He requested legionaries to be more prayerful especially by reciting the holy rosary and the litany and concentrate on the Legion of Mary work.

Proposed dates of celebrations in other Dioceses have been set except Kabale, Fort Portal and Kasese.

Selling of the Centenary memorial Magazine continues. Contact your higher council officers for copies or reach out directly to us on senatusofuganda@gmail.com or info@senatusofuganda.org

Extension work

Senatus continues with the effort to undertake extension in the different parts of Uganda and outside Uganda.

In Ssese Islands, efforts to make the 3rd visit are on spearheaded by Kimaanya Comitium.

Jinja Comitium opened up Bugembe curia and Naggalama Comitium started a new Curia in Kiswa.

In the meeting, we received a report from St. Matia Mulumba Curia.

May Senatus meeting held on 15th May 2022

The President welcomed members to the meeting. Special welcome was accorded to the visitors from South Sudan, Br. William Lado, President of Regina Mundi Curia, Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, South Sudan and Br. Suubi Richard, South Sudan Correspondent.

Legionaries were thanked for taking part in the pilgrimage to Kenya to commemorate the 78th death anniversary of Venerable Edel Quinn. Different councils had organised mass to pray for her beatification.

The centenary Celebrations continue in different parts of the Country. We received reports of the celebrations that took place at Gulu Archdiocese and Tororo Archdiocese. In the two, we legionaries were warmly received and the Archbishops accorded a warm reception. We had over 1000 and 2000 Legionaries present respectively at the two celebrations.

Next Centenary celebrations will be in Kasana Luweero and Moroto Dioceses on 21st May and 22nd May 2022 respectively.

On 20th May 2022 the Senatus of Uganda will mark 60 years since it was inaugurated. Mass will take place at St. Augustine Chapel, Makerere University starting at 5pm.

In the meeting, we received 3 new Curia that had been formed from Soroti Diocese-Mukongoro, Kobwin and Koloin Curiae. The officers of the three Curiae were ratified at the meeting.

About the extension work in Ssese Islands, the first round of work had been successful and the Parish Priest suggested that teams of Legionaries be sent every 3 months and it would require approximately UGX. 5 million which Senatus did not have. Members suggested that different Councils contribute and well-wishers so that the work be accomplished.

Extension work is on going in Soroti Diocese, Arua Diocese and Gulu Archdiocese. Legionaries were encouraged to support the different works spiritually and financially.

The visitors from South Sudan extended greetings from His Grace Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla, the Archbishop of Juba and thanked us for the great work were doing in South Sudan to support the Legion of Mary.

Legionaries were reminded of the 24-hour rosary initiative that they had registered for.

April Senatus meeting held on 24th April 2022

The President welcomed members to the April meeting that happened on the 4th Sunday of the month because the 3rd Sunday was Easter.

Different Councils and Praesidia reported to have had Acies successfully. Most of the Councils working in schools were also able to hold Acies for them.

The Centenary Celebrations are ongoing in different Councils at Praesidium and Curia level. Officers were advised to prepare the Legionaries thoroughly for the celebrations especially as regards to the Plenary Indulgence.

At the meeting, the Centenary memorial magazine was presented to the members. Each copy goes for UGX 10,000/=. It is such a rich magazine that each Presidium in Uganda was advised to have a copy. It tells the story of Legion of Mary in Uganda with articles from different personalities. To order in bulk, contact Mercilus on 0755265007 or 0774265007. You can also send a whatsapp message on 0755217112.

The Senatus of Uganda was set for the pilgrimage to Nairobi. Departure is on 5th May 2022 starting at 2pm with opening Prayers and Mass at 3pm. For the detail confirm with the person who registered you. Let us keep the pilgrims in prayers. All councils were advised to organise Mass on 12th May 2022 or a day thereto to commemorate the 78th death anniversary of Venerable Edel Quinn.

Extension work took place on the Islands on Lake Victoria. 10 Legionaries together with the Priests at Bukasa Parish spent 2 weeks on a mission in Kalangala and Ssese Islands.

Extension work in Soroti Diocese continues. We are grateful that 3 Curiae have been opened up. We continue to pray for the success of this work through the intercession of Venerable Edel Quinn.