USA ~ Uganda Martyrs Day Boston in Pictures ~ St. Mary Parish, Waltham

Posted June 14, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Events ~ 7,951 views


By Ronnie Mayanja ~ All roads led to Boston on Sunday June 12, as Ugandan catholic pilgrims from across North America, Canada, Europe, and Uganda flocked to St. Mary Parish, in Waltham for the celebration of Uganda Martyrs’ Day. This year’s service was presided over by the Bishop of Kabale Diocese His Lordship Callistus Rubaramira.

The main celebration began with a Eucharistic liturgy at 2:00pm at St. Mary’s Church were the Uganda Martyrs’ Choir, the Boston Archdiocese Black Catholic Choir, and the St. Paul de Salle choir from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles lead the liturgical hymns.

Among the dignitaries in attendence this year was the City of Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, a representative from the Catholic archbishop of Boston and many other community leaders.

A reception was held at the Boston Marriot Hotel in Newton were an array of entertainment was also presented. The surprise appearance at the reception came by way of Juliana Kanyomozi who had just returned from a perfomance in LA. Charles ‘Zonto’ Muvawala did not disappoint either cracking up the audience with his original humor.

More than 600 guests showed up for this year’s celebration something for which the organisers deserve some appreciation for pulling off a well attended event.

UNAA Times was in attendence and now brings you some of the highlights in pictures.

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    Rev. Jessica Nakawombe

    Thanks for the great photos/pics. Well attended Service. Well dressed congregation. Thanks to the organisers. Keep it up Ugandan Bostonians. One of the events that unite Ugandans at home and abroad.


    Dear Ronnie,

    Words are not enough to thank you with your crew for the great work you have done in uniting the community by your dedication in media. We are truly proud to have you in our community in the Diaspora.

    The love for your community and the truthfulness in educating and informing us about all that is happening around us is very much appreciated.

    The celebration of the Uganda Martyrs is an obligation for all Ugandans regardless of their creed, tribe, class, ethnicity or political affiliation. We must take action in this noble event each year as we celebrate our heroes. There are not many countries in the world that can claim the beauty of having such youth as models of faith. They are not only Catholic heroes but also national and world heroes. All is possible if you have the faith, justice, and truth in the one who creates us.

    We must therefore become active participants and greatly contribute our talents, finances, and all possible resources to make them known in the world. Important of all, we must emulate their example and create a society that is one. St. Charles Lwanga never told St. Anatoli Kirigwajjo that since you are a munyoro or to Gonzaga Gonza that since you are a musoga you do not deserve to die with us. They embraced each other’s hand and died proclaiming the name of God together. Their sacrifice and death must teach us to unite other than creating divisions along political, religion, or class lines.

    Let us work together to bring that unity that is necessary for all of us to co-exist together as brothers and sisters of one nation. We thank the organizers who brought us together in all our different capacities and let us make it grand next year. For those who missed your tickets and those who had given up hope, you should be encouraged after all that happened this year. It was grand and next year, with all your contributions, we shall make it memorable. Thank you and may the holy Uganda Martyrs intercede for us. One people, one nation! For God and our Country!

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