Sunday, September 1, 2019
Mass Offered for Seminarians on September 1 2019
A Mass was offered today for all seminarians that they will grow in holiness and lead us all in love. Every month we have a Mass offered for this intention. As our seminarians will be the future shepherds and our children are the future flock, it seemed a beautiful way for the children to help.
We have been periodically featuring different seminarians on the first of the month by inviting them to share something of themselves - a beautiful sharing of faith and love of Our Lord. We will be featuring Rev. Seminarian Francis Sserwadda. He is a seminarian from Lugazi Diocese in Uganda. He is studying in a Major Seminary in Kampala and is in Year 2 Philosophy.
Rev. Seminarian Francis Sserwadda
Rev. Seminarian Francis Sserwadda was born on May 16th 1996. His mother died when he was just 6 years old. Finances were very difficult. He was not able to attend a Catholic school due to the fees but instead went to the free Muslim school. Yet he did not forget his Catholic faith. His cousin suggested priesthood but the idea seemed to slip away for some time.
Francis shared an experience while visiting his uncle that had a profound effect on him. His uncle had told him that he would pray for him and then:
"After two days it was around noon when I had come back from the garden. I don't know what took me to my uncle's archive of old religious stuff. Before even washing my feet because I had dust from the garden. When I opened it I looked on the piece of paper which had the heading, "The United Hearts of Jesus and Mary."!! I picked it closed the archive and went and sat in the shade to read through. After reading I was inspired by an unknown power to draft a time table of saying the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary thrice a day: that's early at 5:00 AM, midday and evening. I did it everyday plus reciting the prayers on the other piece of paper that I got from the archive. This inspired me so much to love the Mother of God in two months."
Francis went on to join the Legion of Mary. This seemed to be a pivotal moment in his vocation journey and as he put it, "ignited my journey to the Seminary". On September 7th 2018 he joined St. Mbaaga's Major Seminary and this year was promoted to second year Philosophy.
We were able to visit Rev. Seminarian Francis Sserwadda during our trip to Uganda. The photo taken above was at our meeting in Jinja at the source of the Nile River. We were able to share with him some rosaries at our meeting. He just recovered from an illness with typhoid and now hopes to begin a new Children's Rosary in his home parish in Lugazi. We ask for your prayers for Rev. Seminarian Francis Sserwadda on his journey to priesthood.
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