Bishop Severus Jjumba, Ordinary of Masaka Catholic diocese, was coincidentally admitted to Bukakalasa Minor Seminary by Monsignor Kyabukasa, whom he describes as a great instructor who had rare attributes of humanity.
Parents of Cardinal Emmanuel
Wamala and now the late Reverend Monsignor Henry Kyabukasa have left a living
legacy in the communion of the Catholic Church in Uganda, the Masaka diocesan
Bishop Severus Jjumba has said.
The two, together legendary educationist Brother Aidan are children of the late
Cosma Kyamera and Theresa Namayanja, who were residents of Kamaggwa village,
Lwankoni sub county in the present-day Kyotera district.
According to Bishop Jumba, the
couple passed an unimaginable test of their time, when they exhibited rare
traits of commitment and love for their faith by committing three of their
children into the priesthood to continue professing and expanding Christianity.
Besides Cardinal Wamala and
Msgr. Kyabukasa, the family also gave the Catholic Church Reverend Brother Aiden
Mulabannaku, who trained under the congregation of the Brothers of Christian
Instruction before he eventually become the first black Headteacher of St
Henry’s College Kitovu.
Bishop Jjumba indicates that it
is not by coincidence that the trio has left behind strong legacies that
fetches church pride, owing their achievements to their parents who properly
nurtured them into responsible human beings.
In the same footsteps according
to Jumba, the diocese has continued to register more families that express
willingness to offer more than one of their children into the vocation of
He made the remarks in his
eulogy to the late Monsignor Henry Kyabukasa, the longest-serving priests’ fomenter
at Bukalasa Minor Seminary who breathed his last on Wednesday.
//Cue in: (Luganda) “abazadde b’omugenzi….
Cue out; …..kwebaliza katondo.”//
Bishop Jjumba who is the fifth
ordinary of Masaka Catholic diocese, was by coincidence admitted to Bukakalasa
minor Seminary by the late Monsigor Kyabukasa, whom he describes as a great
instructor who had rare attributes of humanity.
On top of his unique accent and
strong command of the English language, Jjumba says, the deceased had a very
strong memory for history and that until his death, he has been a reliable
point of reference to many people.
He adds that Monsignor Kyabukasa
has been an all-round priest, who has been exemplary to many people in his
home diocese of Masaka and the entire Catholic Church in Uganda.
//Cue in: “nze nasooka …
Cue out; …..abalabirwako.”//
In 2013, Pope Francis II
bestowed upon the Reverend Father Henry Kyabukasa, a distinguished honor of
“Monsignor”, a title given to a priest who has exhibited exceptional
competencies in his services and vocation.
He is among the cohort of four
priests who last got the honor of Monsignor in Masaka Diocese.
Reverend Father Alex Ssekatawa,
the Head of the Archive in Masaka diocese says the deceased has been a great resource
who has left behind a wealthy collection of different kinds of literature in both books and
pamphlets for students.
He says that they are
considering collecting Msgrs Kyabukasa’s literatures to generate a complete autobiography
of his life.
The deceased priest who
breathed his last at 92 years was buried on Saturday in the Priests' mausoleum
at Bukalasa minor seminary in Kalungu district.