After missing out on the chance to be at the forefront of the 2020 Martyrs’ Day celebrations in Namugongo, Masaka Diocese has been awarded the opportunity to lead the 2021 Martyrs’ Day celebration and make up for the miss this year.
This announcement was made by Bishop Severus Jjumba, on behalf of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, who was leading Christmas day celebrations at Kitovu Cathedral in Masaka district.
The Episcopal Conference called off the 2020 commemorations of the Martyrs’ day in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic at Right Rev. Severus Jjumba’s request Bishop of the Diocese of Masaka.
Fr Ronald Mayanja, the Masaka Diocesan Communications Director, would later reveal that the diocese was ready to organize and animate the Martyrs’ Day if given a chance later.
At the time of cancelation, they had already raised over 300 million Ugandan Shillings (approx. 80 000 USD) in preparation for the feast, which required a total of 950 million Ugandan Shillings (approx. 250 000 USD).
About the Uganda Martyrs
The Uganda Martyrs were 22 Catholic and 23 Anglican converts to Christianity in the historical Kingdom of Buganda. Most of the converts were young men. The new Christian converts abandoned traditional forms of worship. This led Kabaka Mwanga II (the King) to fear that the new religion and presence of the missionaries were severely eroding his authority in the Kingdom. He ordered the execution of the converts between 1885 and 1887.