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A Page in My Journey: Sister Angelica Birungi, CSC

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Sister Angelica Birungi, CSC, right, serves the health needs of the people of Kirinda, Uganda, through Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre. Standing with her is Sister Daisy Kabuleeta, CSC.
Sister Angelica Birungi, CSC, right, serves the health needs of the people of Kirinda, Uganda, through Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre. Standing with her is Sister Daisy Kabuleeta, CSC. 

My desire in childhood was to become a sister and a nurse. When I joined nursing school, I got more exposed to different religious congregations and that’s when I came to meet the Holy Cross sisters. 

I was happy to join a life so different because I knew God was calling me. There were discouragements along the way, but I never gave up. I missed my family very much, but I loved God so much that I knew this was what I had to do.  

My journey begins

I got more interested in Holy Cross because of frequent invitations and by attending weekly Mass, and some weekends I was invited to experience being with sisters, especially Sisters M. Edward Ann (Wetzel), M. Leonella (Moe) and M. Jane Chantal (Method). The Congregation had no Africans but that did not discourage me. I was attracted by their love and hospitality. 

I became one of the first two Ugandans to join the Congregation. It was like a dream when I made my first vows, and here I am today, 30 years later. I am glad to see more young women are interested to join us. 

My ministry

My journey has afforded me with many opportunities to minister to God’s people through nursing, administration and pastoral ministries. I have been a director of the Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre, Kirinda, Uganda, for a good number of years. I served as a formator, a spiritual guide and have accompanied young women. 

My primary hope is that as vocations increase, we can respond to more ministry needs in East Africa. I hope that Holy Cross will continue to grow.  

My hope for the future

Our ministry has been affected by COVID-19. The number of patients in the health center has gone down, and schools have been closed. There is a lot of domestic violence and there will be a lot of school dropouts, leading to pregnancy and single mothers after the pandemic. Poverty will increase while the rich get richer. 

I believe and trust the One who called me; the One whom I follow in Holy Cross will continue to shower me with blessings, fill me with his love in hope and faith. My journey in Holy Cross has been a mystery, a joy,  and fulfilling, especially in knowing that it is God who leads me and I am with other women on the journey to help me to go on. 

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