November Senatus meeting held on 21st November 2021

Councils and Praesidia were reminded to submit the lists of the departed Legionaries to the next higher Council till Senatus. For the names already collected, Senatus has endeavored to pray for them at different Masses. Keep in mind that in this Centenary year, we remember our departed Legionaries.

Different Councils reported their Praesidia having celebrated the Centenary of the Legion of Mary. Praesidia were asked to do so in this Centenary year.

Regia of Western Uganda reported that in Mbarara Archdiocese, the celebrations will take place on 12th March 2022 with Archbishop Lambert Bainomugisha as the main celebrant. They were yet to confirm with Kasese and Fortportal Dioceses. 

Each Praesidium was requested to offer Mass in a special way for our departed Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Expedito Walakira.

The handbook study program resumed. It takes place in Legion of Mary house at Nsambya Parish starting at 10:00am on the third Saturday of the month.

In the meeting, we received reports from Kimaanya and Kakindo Comitia. Br. Kasujja Joseph Kirumira was elected Vice President for the second term.

In the meeting, we received reports from Kimaanya and Kakindo Comitia. Br. Kasujja Joseph Kirumira was elected Vice President for the second term.

December-January, we shall be reciting the prayer for the beatification of Servant of God Alphonsus Lambe after the meeting.

Updates for the month of September 2021

Dear Beloved Children of Mary, the Legionaries,

The officers of Senatus of Uganda, greet you, love you and pray for you daily.

We give glory to God for the Centenary of the Legion of Mary and once again congratulate you, dear Legionaries upon this milestone.

We thank Rev. Fr. Lawrence Mandela from Muhorro Comitium in Hoima Diocese for giving us this month’s allocutio in which we reflect on the theme of the Centenary Celebrations.

As we all know, the year of celebrations started on the 7th September, 2021 and will end September 2022. Therefore we are reminding all Legionaries of the following:-

  1. The theme of the year of Celebrations is “Remember, Renew, Rejoice, Recruit. 1921-2021” and we shall go by its message.
  2. In this Centenary year, Praesidia will celebrate their dates of founding, Curiae will organise congresses and the climax for each diocese will be the Mass organised at the Cathedral.
  3. For the Councils and Praesidia that have not submitted the names of the deceased Legionaries, please do so to the next higher Council till the list reaches the Senatus. For Senatus, send to senatusofuganda@gmail.com
  4. Immediately the lockdown is eased, Legion of Mary activities will resume in consultation with our Spiritual Directors.
  5. In the meantime when the lockdown is still ongoing we should continue praying the Legion of Mary prayers daily and on the day and time of our Praesidia meetings. 
  6. In addition, each Legionary is called upon to observe an hour with Mother Mary by praying the rosary during the hour allocated to you by your 24-hour rosary group.
  7. Remember, October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Please pray the rosary and encourage many people to do so.

May Mary Immaculate, our Mother and Queen, Mediatrix of all Graces pray for us as we begin the second Century.

May God bless you.

Updates for the month of August 2021

 Greetings to you dear Legionaries from the Officers of the Senatus of Uganda.

We are grateful to God for his plans, protection and love of people.  Yesterday 14th August, 2021 the Catholic Church despite the challenges of the CoVID-19 pandemic, received a new Bishop for Nebbi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Raphael P’Mony Wokorach, 17 newly ordained Priests and 18 Deacons at Rubaga Cathedral.  What a blessing amidst the extended lockdown of two months for Churches!  

Today 15thAugust, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a very important day in the Church.  Legionaries usually organize retreats and special prayers to prepare for the celebrations.  This time it has not been possible.   However we thank Legionaries of Kampala and Hoima Comitia for organizing prayers on radios on behalf of the Legion of Mary.

Following the Annual Program of the Senatus of Uganda, we would hold the Senatus meeting today 15th August 2021.  Unfortunately due to the pandemic all Legion of Mary meetings were put on halt. We are very grateful to Rev. Fr. Augustus Muhereza for sharing with us the study of the handbook daily.  Today the Assistant Spiritual Director of Senatus, Rev. Fr. Ronnie Mubiru is giving us the Allocutio.  Please share it all with our fellow Legionaries.

The following are important issues to note:-

  1. The Centenary Celebrations of Legion of Mary will be inaugurated on the 7th September, 2021 at Nsambya Parish.  Mass will start at 10.00am presided over by Bishop Paul Ssemogerere. It will be broadcasted live and Legionaries will participate by listening to Radio Maria. A Novena of masses will start on the 29th August, 2021 at 7pm on Radio Maria.   Members who cannot access the Radio, please say a decade of the rosary daily for 9 days. Each Curia all over the country shall mobilize Mass stipend and offer Mass to be celebrated by the Curia Spiritual Director at his convenient time on the 7th September 2021 and he will represent all Legionaries.
  2. Lists of names for the deceased Legionaries should be submitted to Senatus as soon as possible. You can send the lists by the Senatus email.  The address is:  senatusofuganda@gmail.com
  3. The Spiritual Directors Conference for Hoima Diocese which was scheduled to take place 17th -20th August 2021 was postponed due to the CoVID-19 pandemic. A later date will be communicated.
  4. We call upon Legionaries to continue with the 24-hour Rosary Initiative and to encourage more people to join the groups.  The beauty of this prayer is that there is at all times throughout the hours of the week a member praying the rosary for the intentions of Mother Mary and the world. 

May Mary our Queen and Mother intercede for us.

Susan Mary Nsubuga, President

Updates for the month of July 2021

Brothers and Sisters,

Warm greetings from the Officers of the Senatus of Uganda.

As we are all aware, today the 18th July 2021 would be our Senatus meeting day.  At 8.00am we would be starting the celebration of the Sunday Mass and at 10.00am start the Senatus meeting at Kiwumulo Bunamwaya.  According to the Senatus annual program, one of the petitions of today is to pray for the repose of the soul of our Sister Maria Solome Nkeesa who donated land where the home of Legionaries is and thus where Senatus meetings are held.  Unfortunately, due to the CoVID-19 pandemic the Senatus, all council meetings and all gatherings of any kind are on halt in the country in order to curb the spread of the Corona virus. We hold telephone conferences for the Senatus Officers meetings.

We are very grateful to Rev. Fr. Vincent Kanamala Kibuuka, former President of Kinyamasika Seminary Curia for the wonderful Allocutio (click there to read and listen to the allocutio) he has given to us.  He called upon us to pray the rosary and other Christian prayers and meditate on our spiritual life in this lockdown.  He said we should pray but not play.

Legionaries both active and Auxiliaries are reminded to pray the Legion of Mary prayers every day. On the day of the Praesidium meeting, we should say all the Legion of Mary prayers at the time of meeting and study the handbook.

We are encouraged to join the 24-hour rosary groups formed at our respective Curiae.  Let each one of us allocate one hour a week to pray for the world.  Mother Mary needs our prayers.  She invites us to participate in the struggle to end CoVID-19.  The beauty of this rosary prayer is that you become a member of a big team praying continuously throughout the week and most importantly praying for the world.  What a blessing!! Councils are requested to submit the lists of names of members forming the different groups to Senatus for onward transmission to Concilium.

Many people contracted CoVID-19 and died, including Legionaries.  Some died from other diseases and among them was Rev. Fr. Expedito Walakira, the Senatus Spiritual Director, Bro. Boniface Kateeba, former President of the Senatus of Uganda and some other Legionaries.  May their souls rest in peace. Legionaries who can participate in the 7pm Mass everyday at Radio Maria, please join us to pray for the repose of the souls of our Brothers and Sisters.

 On the 7th September, 2021, it will be exactly 100 years since Legion of Mary was started by Frank Duff in Dublin Ireland. Centenary Celebrations will start on that day.  Here in Uganda the inauguration will be at Nsambya Parish where Edel Quinn was received when she came to introduce Legion of Mary.  We hope that by that time the Lockdown will be relaxed.  Councils are advised to be ready with their programs so that from that day, celebrations continue for a year until September, 2022.  Please refer to the guidelines issued by Senatus. Councils are requested to submit lists of the deceased Legionaries for the purpose of praying for them.  You can use the Senatus email address senatusofuganda@gmail.com to submit or make telephone calls to any Officer of Senatus.

Members take note of the following as well:-

  1. Senatus is congratulating Br. Denis Agaba and Sr. Brenda Kyomuhendo, a young couple who wedded yesterday on the 17th July 2021 in this lockdown.  Denis & Brenda are both Legionaries. They have set a wonderful example of a successful scientific wedding not only to the youth but to all people. Congratulations!
  2. 22nd July 2021 we shall commemorate the arrival of Edel Quinn at Nsambya Parish. Nsambya Comitium and all Councils with access to Radio stations are requested to offer Mass for thanksgiving.
  3. Senatus together with the six Comitia of Hoima are organizing a Regional Spiritual Directors Conference in August 17th to 20th 2021, hoping the lockdown will be relaxed.

May Mary our Mother and Queen pray for us.

God bless you all.