25th anniversary of SNDs in Uganda

Posted on: July 14, 2020 9:00 am
Tags: Uganda, East africa,

July 13, 2020 is the 25th anniversary of the Sisters of Notre Dame arrival in Uganda, the PEARL OF AFRICA.

Since that day, the mission has grown from a beautiful plot of land with grass taller than the average person to a bustling campus and a remarkable community of students and sisters.

Thank you to the families in Buseesa, the late Bishop Deogratias, and the many supporters who believed in the mission schools when they were just an idea and who nourished them along the way.

We have come so far, together. Webale muno (thank you very much).

Approaching Holy Ground 

“For almost three years, the Sisters of Notre Dame community had been approaching the holy ground of Uganda. We prepared through prayer, study, visits, and meetings. And then on July 13, 1995, our feet touched the holy ground.

We came to share, to learn, to live with the people of Buseesa, a virtually unknown village in the bush area of the Kibaale District of Uganda. So many things surprised the sisters: The deep faith and friendliness of the people, their welcoming spirit, their giving from the little they had, and their great desire for education for their children.

Bishop Deogratias Byabazaire, Bishop of the Hoima Diocese, invited the Sisters of Notre Dame to assist in the educational endeavors in his diocese. He wanted the students to receive a good education, to become leaders, hoping they would return to the Kibaale District.

In these pages, the sisters themselves tell about their struggles, their joys, their many challenges, and their humorous adventures. The holy
ground supported buildings, but also gave birth to young Ugandan women who joined the sisters in their ministry.”

-Excerpt from Sister Mary Margaret Droege’s book “Approaching Holy Ground: The First Twenty Years of the Sisters of Notre Dame Uganda Mission"

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