Assumption of Our Lady – Mabira Parish ( 1989)

Was founded in 1989 being detached from Katoosa Parish with Fr. Wilfred Mwesinge as the first Parish Priest. The parish is located in Kyenjojo district and covers the sub counties of Nyankwanzi, Katooke, Katooke Town Council and part of Bufunjosub counties. Since the first Parish Priest, many Parish Priests like Fr. Leo Baryabuuza, FulgenceMugisa,CharlesNyarwa Light, John Paul Murangi and the current Jude Kasiaja have worked in the Mabira Parish. Fr. Jude Kasaija the parish priest works with Fr. John Baguma.

The Parish Priest right Fr Jude Kasaija and his Curate Fr John Baguma

The Parish Priest right Fr Jude Kasaija and his Curate Fr John Baguma

Mabira Parish is one of the parishes whose boarder touches another diocese, namely Hoima Diocese. It therefore faces pastoral challenges from the neighboring diocese which the pastors and the Religious serving in that Parish have to deal with to help the faithful worship and serve within the pastoral programs of the Diocese.

The Parish started humbly with the priests living in very poor houses and without a permanent church structure. Since 1989, through cooperation with the lay faithful, and the support from Catholic donor agencies, the parish has been able to put up a permanent church structure, descent presbytery and a commercial house that is not yet complete in the nearby trading center, for the self-reliance of the parish.

Due to the high need for pastoral agents in the area; the diocese of Fort Portal invited the Sisters of the Congregation of our lady of Good Council of Mbarara to come and complement on the pastoral ministries in Mabira Parish. The Sisters like the Fathers, started under hard circumstances but have since then registered a lot of success, the greatest being that the people of God are being reached out to and served in the ministries the sisters are involved in, namely: preventing diseases, promoting and giving life to God’s people through health services inMabira Health Centre III, Pastoral work and teaching.

The Sisters Community of Our Lady of Good Council at their community in Mabira

The Sisters Community of Our Lady of Good Council at their community in Mabira

Since the community was opened in 1994 Sisters such as: Judith Beyaraza, Beatrice Kenyangyi, Luciana Kentwiga, Jane de Chantal, Wine Nshemerierwe, Prima Mutahunga, Pula Tushabe, ImmaulateKyohairwe, Josephine Bagwire, Rosette Katushabe, DinavanceKamashari and Beatrice Barazeduka have served in Mabira Parish.

Much as they have registered a lot of success, they still face a number of challenges such as enormous social/ pastoral demands of the faithful in the area; they have an old residential house, lack of access to good water and lack of enough land for cultivation and sustenance of the community.