With joy we congratulate our dear IHMR sisters who graduated on 25.10.2019 in different disciplines at the University of Kisubi. Sr. Maria Theresa Nakiyana, Sr. Resty Namyalo, Sr. Jane Florence Nakabugo, Sr. Maria Josephine Namuddu and Sr. Maria Sylivia Babirye.
We also applaud our dear Sr. Maria Resty Namyalo for the meritorious award as the best Undergraduate student in the academic year 2018/2019, Faculty of Business and ICT.
May our Loving Lord continue to guide and inspire you as you serve Him and His people.
The Institute of the Religious Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix Ggogonya has just elected the new Mother General in the ongoing 11th General Chapter at Urika Guest Center Ggogonya Kisubi.
Rev. Sr. Dr. Speranza Namusisi the dean of studies at the Institute of Languages and Communication studies at Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi replacing Rev. Sr. Anne Christine Kizza who has served two terms of 6 years each since 2007.
Sr. Dr. Namusisi celebrated 25 years in the institute in 2017 and has worked in different departments within the institute as a teacher, mentor before going for further studies to start teaching at the university.
She has been elected with four other council members who include; Sr. Maria Rita Namayanja as the deputy mother general, councilors Sr. Maria Lawrence Namata, Sr. Maria Nabakka and Sr. Maria Josephine Victoria Sserabidde.
The Chapter running on the theme; Protecting the Charism of the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix Ggogonya; looks at reviewing their operations in line with the constitution and Charism, the challenges of the time that might compromise their mission especially protection of the girl child who was abused at the time of their inception in 1948 by the three personalities Bishop Henry Strechter, and Archbishop Joseph Luis Cabana all white fathers along with Sr. Maria Magera Nambi.
(Written by Francis Jjunju)
We want thank you all who have contributed generously to the construction of our Perpetual Adoration Chapel.Our New chapel is consecrated to the SACRED HEART OF JESUS.
Likewise our Prayer centre got another name from Divine Mercy prayer centre to BLESSED SACRAMENT RETREAT CENTRE.
May God continue to bless us as we encounter with him in the blessed sacrament and bless you abundantly for your generosity.
Dear friends of IHMR SISTERS,
We bring you greetings from the General Chapter Delegates.
Thank you for your prayers, everything is moving on smoothly.
We still count on your prayers for the success of this noble task.
The Holy Spirit is at work
We wish to take you through what is taking place.
We started with an inspiring retreat from 1st to 5th October 2019, facilitated by Rev. Fr. Joseph Kyeyune – AJ and Chairperson of ARU/AMSRIU
The Chapter was officially opened on 10th October 2019 beginning with the Eucharistic sacrifice of Mass of the Holy Spirit led by His Grace Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga assisted by Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Sserunjogi (Canonist and Episcopal Delegate for our 11th General Chapter). The private Secretary of the Archbishop, Rev. Fr. Remigius Kayiira was also present.
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8
God is not limited to our nuclear families or our home countries. He is out in the world and that is why He can send you and me wherever He wills – ‘out into the world’.
Limited as we are, we might be tempted to downplay the worth of our giftedness, thinking like Jeremiah that we cannot do this or that. Jer.1:6. But God who chose us before our birth, God who has a plan for each one of us, will have none of our excuses. None of these human limits is beyond the power of God. In fact, it is these very same limits that create the opportunity for God’s glory to be seen in us.
That is why He can choose you and me to go far away to the mission to spread His love. Our consolation is that it is God who calls and sends us to these different places, and it is God who will equip us for the purposes God calls us to, like He equipped Jeremiah.
In his oral and written messages, one of our founders Archbishop Joseph Louis Cabana kept on motivating us his daughters to be ‘all around people’ who can read the signs of the times and adapt to the different situations, as this would help us serve God’s people everywhere we are sent and in all situations.
Following his words of counsel and wisdom the IHMR institute through its Superiors accepted to answer the call and invitations from the different countries where members of our Institute were and are still being requested to serve, by opening up different communities in different countries. At the moment we have the following:
- Our Lady Queen of Apostles – Nuncio’s residence in Algeria, North Africa
- Blessed Trinity Convent – Ocala Florida, America
- Our Lady of Divine Providence IHMR Convent – Chicago, America
- Our Lady of Gate of Heaven IHMR Convent – Chicago, America
- Our Lady of Assumption IHMR Convent – Flörsheim, Germany
- Our Lady Queen of Apostles IHMR Convent – Dinslaken, Germany
- Our Lady Queen of Peace IHMR Convent – Geisenheim, Germany
- Our Lady of Assumption IHMR Convent – Tirschenreuth, Germany
- IHMR Convent – Straubing, Germany
- Our lady Queen of Wisdom – for our students in Italy, Germany, America and Kenya
Psalm 96:3 tells us to declare God’s glory among the nations and His marvellous works among all the peoples! This of course comes with both challenges and opportunities but by implementing our Institute’s Motto ‘your will be done’, we should not fear to face the threats that come while glorifying God and serving His people, no matter where one is sent.
Working in a foreign mission can make one vulnerable to many challenges like cultural shock, learning new languages, being resented and humiliated, one’s valued systems and environment change dramatically, one misses one’s family and friends or one might “accidentally” be forgotten by one’s closest friends and family (they don’t mean to forget but they just get busy with their families, jobs, activities and the lines of communication gradually dwindle if not disappear). In other words, one might feel stretched physically, emotionally and spiritually while working in the foreign mission but this should not discourage anyone ready to serve Christ and His people. Mind you, our fellow sisters back home are also not having it as a bed of roses. They too face challenges in their apostolates.
As much as there are problems faced in foreign missions, one should not forget that like in any other situation there are also opportunities. For individuals who are open-minded and flexible, working in a foreign mission can be the high point of one’s career, vocation, if not one’s life. If one adjusts well to the changes, one can have a very enriching experience like meeting new people with their different mentalities, seeing new things, adapting to the new culture, learning a new language etc.
Living and working in a foreign mission opens one to an entirely novel way of living and leads one to learning more about the world and oneself. Charles H. Spurgeon once said “Must is a hard nut to crack but it has a sweet kernel”. Likewise, foreign mission might be hard and full of challenges but it is a very inspiring and enriching experience, worth an encounter.
So my dear sisters, if we are sent to work in foreign missions, let us try to have realistic expectations and don’t give up because of the challenges! When we accept to go, we should be determined to do God’s will and time will come when God through the Superiors will send us to other places, maybe back home or to another foreign mission. I know it might not always be easy but let us try our best to make it work! We should not expect the alien situation and the different people we find in the new and foreign mission to change and suit our expectations. On the contrary, we should be the one to change as the situation demands. Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” and president Barack Obama said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Let us however as religious people, not get this one wrong. We should never compromise our identity in the process of change. We should adapt to the situation while at the same time we keep, live and treasure our precious identity of the IHMR-Ggogonya institute.
As we adapt to the new different situations, we should surrender all to our God who will help us with the gifts we need to touch the lives of the people where we are sent to serve.
“YOUR WILL BE DONE”
Sister Maria Elizabeth Nakku, an international doctoral student in the School of Education, was recently awarded the University Advocates for Women and Equity’s Sapientia Award.
The purpose of this award is to honor individuals for an outstanding piece of work that has as its subject and/or focus a woman or women, or a concern related to women, and that seeks to empower women. Sister
Elizabeth serves as a graduate assistant in the School of Ed was nominated by Jackie Grossklaus. Congratulations to Sister Elizabeth!
The Administrator of Nkozi Hospital Sr. Teddy Nakyanzi, says that increasing fatalities due to road accidents along Kampala Masaka highway is worrying.
Nkozi one of the Catholic Hospitals the only health facility at the regional referral level serving the whole 85 Km stretch road from Kampala is ever getting over whelmed by the number of accident victims.
Sr. Nakyanzi says the situation demands the hospital to have an efficient and effective causality unit to handle the injured and traumatized victims at Nkozi hospital.
The police traffic statistics show that Kampala- Masaka road is the worst in the world with more than 200 deaths of road users recorded in the first eight month of 2016.
The Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Spokesperson Charles Ssebambulidde promises proactive action along the road but they will also take a center stage in the charity run for emergency ward construction on June 15th 2019, that requires UShs 7 billion and so far only UShs 450 million has been realised. for the Accident Injury and Trauma Centre
CREDIT:This story first appeared on Radio Sapientia website
4th January is the day when the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix (IHMR) annually renew their vows to the Lord.
We congratulate you all our dear sisters for serving the Lord and His people for all this long.
For the newly professed sisters, you are most welcome to the Vineyard of the Lord in which REPARATION takes precedence.
May His protection and guidance be with us all as we continue to do His will. Mother Mary pray for us to obtain the gifts we need to love our Lord the more and to serve His people tirelessly.
To you, all people of God, thank you for your prayerful, social, economic and moral support. Thank you for loving us. May you please continue to pray for us as we pray for you too.
Congratulations once again dear sisters.
The Institute of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix- Ggogonya (IHMR), is of a diocesan rite and was founded by the late Archbishop Joseph Louis Cabana on the 21st of April 1948 at Bugonga convent, Entebbe. Cabana was one of the members of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa, commonly known as White Fathers. He came to Uganda in 1924 and in December of that very year was posted to Bukuumi Parish for his first apostolate.
Being a diligent young priest who had successfully completed the construction of Mubende Parish within a very short time, Cabana was in 1929 appointed by Bishop Henry Streitcher, the Vicar Apostolic of the Vicariate of Uganda at that time, to be the Treasurer General for the Vicariate.
This was an extremely demanding job in vast a vicariate that was comprised of the current Kampala Archdiocese, Kasana Luweero, Kiyinda- Mityana, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Hoima, Fort Portal and Kasese dioceses plus some parts of Busia and Zaire. Since the treasury headquarters were located at Bugonga – Entebbe, Cabana moved and resided there in order to execute with ease all the duties pertaining to his new apostolate.
By that time, the Sisters of Mary Reparatrix (MR) had settled in Bugonga for 17 years, for they had arrived in Uganda in November, 1912 at the invitation of Bishop Henry Streitcher, to intercede for the success of the mission of evangelization in the vicariate of Uganda.
Whereas the MR Institute is both contemplative and active, the mission for which it had been invited needed more devotion to prayer than active apostolate, that it led almost a purely contemplative life. Yet they had a lot of house chore demands such as cooking, house keeping, laundry as well as teaching catechism to the pupils of the nearby St. Agnes Bugonga Primary school. For that
reason, they requested Bishop Streitcher to grant them permission to get some young women to assist them in this active side of life, while they devoted much of their time to the contemplative side, particularly the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Why this adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? For Reparation: the Charism of the Sisters of Mary Reparatrix.
It was during his interactions with the Sisters of MR at Bugonga that Cabana encountered these young women, the “helpers/auxiliaries” of the Sisters of MR, a new name they had acquired in 1927, before Cabana’s appointment to the office of the Treasurer General. In their minds, the “helpers” were convinced that they were Religious members of the MR Institute – given the new robe they had received and the promise of obedience they had made to the Superior of the Sisters of MR at Bugonga. Canonically, however, they were not religious since they never underwent the official religious formation and had not even taken the religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Though they had left their respective homes to pursue Religious life, the “helpers” never knew this difference which was clear only to the Sisters and to Fr. Cabana. On several occasions, Cabana appealed to Ecclesiastical authorities and the Superiors of the Sisters to change the status of the “helpers” to full religious membership, but all in vain because, their Constitutions then, was not open to admit native sisters to their Institute.
An opportune time arrived when Cabana was appointed the Apostolic Vicar of the Vicariate of Uganda, replacing Bishop Michaud whom the Lord had called to Himself. That was in the year 1947. By 21st April 1948, Archbishop Cabana had already accomplished the process of founding an Institute for the Ugandan natives, out of the young women who had been acting as “helpers” of MR Sisters of Bugonga, Entebbe. He entrusted their formation to the Sisters of MR and the following members (once “helpers” or MR sisters) made their first profession on 2nd May 1949:
Rev. Sr. Maria Majella Nambi
Rev. Sr. M. Joseph Kawala
Rev. Sr. M. Agnes Nakanwagi
Rev. Sr. M. Bertha Nagawa
Rev. Sr. M. Immaculate Nandawula
Rev. Sr. M. Theresa Nanziri
Rev. Sr. M. Bernadette Nansikombi
Rev. Sr. M. Augustino
Rev. Sr. M. Aloysious
After a period of ten years in 1959, some other members had joined the Institute and among all these members four of them were allowed to make their perpetual vows and these were:
Rev. Sr. M. Majella Nambi
Rev. Sr. M. Joseph Kawala
Rev. Sr. M. John Sardinians
Rev. Sr. M. Timothy Nambi
The new Institute was given the name, “The Congregation of the African Sisters of Mary Reparatrix ”. There was confusionbetween this name of the new Institute and that of the sisters of ‘Mary Reparatrix’ (MR), who were their formators. In 1963 Archbishop Kiwanuka wrote to Rome seeking for permission to change the name of the new Institute to ‘the Congregation of African Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On 12th October 1963, the Holy See granted the request as per letter, Prot. NO. 4062/63, signed by His Excellency, P. Sigismondi. The 7th General Chapter of the Institute through His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala the then Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala, sought further permission to Rome to change the name of the Institute to “The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix-Ggogonya” (IHMR). This name was to enable the Institute capture the mind of their Founder which was REPARATION. This permission was granted on 11th September 1996, Prot. n. DD 2418 – 1/96.
Like their Mothers and formators, the Sisters of IHMR, were to maintain the same Charism of Reparation. They were also to remain contemplative and active, committing sufficient time to the work of evangelization without neglecting the contemplative dimension through worthy celebration of the Eucharist, mortification, praying the rosary and above all adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
According to Archbishop Cabana, the founder of the IHMR Institute, people are falling into sin partially because of their ignorance of God. It is therefore mandatory for the IHMR Sisters to evangelize God’s people by teaching catechism especially to children and women and to witness to Christ through their vowed life in all their apostolate. Through prayer and work, the IHMR sisters, following the example of the Blessed Mary, are to constantly unite themselves with the heart of Mary to do God’s will in humility, charity and obedience, as a sacrifice of reparation for the salvation of souls. In other words, Cabana intended his new Institute to be a home of other Mary’s for Jesus after the inspiration of Mother Mary of Jesus, the Foundress of MR Sisters. It is believed that our Lady appeared to Mother Mary of Jesus on 8th December 1854 at Bauffe Chapel- Belgium, with this message highlighting the need for reparation:
“Her mother’s heart was suffering from no longer being there to surround Him and have Him surrounded with adoration, respect, tenderness and love…. she told me (Mary) of her desire to see herself replaced on earth by souls that would have a tenderness and quite special respect for her divine Son, with that loving delicateness that is found within a mother’s heart.”
It is against this background that IHMR Institute took up the Charism of Reparation. It moved from Entebbe to Ggogonya on 2nd March 1959, by the guidance of Bishop Joseph Kiwanuka Nnakabaale. The Institute received its first native Superior General Sr. Maria Yoanna Omuganzi Naluyimba on 20th September 1962 after the European predecessors; Mother Antione ( 1948- 1960) and Mother Alvaro (1960- 1962). Other Superior Generals after Sr. Yoanna are: Mother M. Margaret Nalwoga (1970-1980), Mother M. Germina Nakibuule- RIP (1980-83), Mother M. Benedicta M. Nalukenge (1983- 95), Mother M. Lawrence Namata (1995-2007), Mother M. Anne Christine Kizza (2007 to date).
Compiled by Sr. Yonna Omuganzi the first African Superior General of the Institute