As preparations for the 2019 Martyrs Day celebrations get underway, this year’s organizers, the Archdiocese of Gulu will this weekend play friendly football, netball and volleyball games with their Mbarara Archdiocese counterparts represented by their Kampala association (AMDA).
The games are intended to raise awareness for preparations for the Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations 2019.
Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu is expected to be the Chief Guest at the games that will be played at the Uganda Institute of Communication Technology (UICT) playground Nakawa, (Post Office Nakawa) on Saturday, February 23 starting at 2p.m.
Archbishop Odama will thereafter preside over Mass for the two groups at Kitante Primary School, in Kampala on Sunday February 24, starting at 10 am.
The archdiocese of Gulu was selected by the Uganda Episcopal Conference to lead the 2019 Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations, with Archbishop Odama set to be the main celebrant. This year’s theme is; “Obey God Always And Everywhere.”
Dr. Gaston Ampe, the Archdiocese of Mbarara Development Association (AMDA) Chairman, the friendly games between sister archdioceses is a great initiative that will foster unity in diversity brought through the intercession of the Uganda Martyrs.
“We thank our brothers and sisters from Gulu for this initiative and pledge to work with the for the success of the 2019 Martyrs Day celebrations this year,” Dr. Ampe said.
AMDA Chaplain Rev. Fr. Darius Magunda said:
“Of all the communities and groups in Kampala, that Gulu Archdiocese under the leadership of Archbishop Odama chose our AMDA community, is a sign of the love they have for us and the solidarity existing between the archdioceses. We hereby reciprocate that gesture and pledge our solidarity and support. We shall render support where we can in the preparations for the 2019 Uganda Martyrs celebrations at Namugongo, animated by Gulu Archdiocese”.
Archbishop Odama thanked all the members of Archdiocese of Mbarara Development Association (AMDA) for inviting him and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Gulu to share with the two days in context of celebrating the Uganda Martyrs Day 2019.
“Through your Chaplain, Fr. Darius Magunda, I thank my Brother Archbishop Paul K. Bakyenga for welcoming us and making this historic visit possible”.