The Sisters of the Holy Cross rejoiced and gave thanks for their past and present ministries and their future work with the people of Uganda, during a jubilee celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Congregation’s presence in the East Africa nation.
Holy Cross priests and brothers and area residents joined the sisters for the January 21 event, which was commemorated with a musical procession and a Mass, celebrated by Father Tom Smith, CSC, at Virika Cathedral of Our Lady of Snows, in Fort Portal, Kabarole.
“The celebration was all about the dedication and commitment of the Sisters of the Holy Cross to the people of Uganda,” said Sister Stella Maris Kunihira, CSC. “It was a day to thank God for our founding sisters and Father Vincent McCauley, CSC, who inspired them to come to Uganda. We are proud of them and promise to commit ourselves to serve and offer our best for the glory of God!”
Holy Cross Sisters Sharlet Ann Wagner, of the Congregation’s General Leadership Team, and Mary Louise Wahler, country coordinator for Uganda, and Bishop Robert Muhiirwa, CSC, of the Diocese of Fort Portal, were among those who presented remarks for the occasion.
“It was Father Moreau’s dream that Holy Cross grow like a vine spreading worldwide and bearing much fruit,” said Candidate Catherine Magoba, who attended the events. “I see the sisters growing more branches and not only working with care, but also with great hope.”