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Who is Seminarian Frank? – You Can Support Vocations in Uganda

Posted by Kyazze Frank Lwanga on Aug 4, 2015 8:02:00 AM

CARITAS For Children also has sponsorship programs to support the education of Catholic sisters and seminarians studying for the priesthood. A dynamic young man named Frank Lwanga Kyazze has had his seminary education supported by CARITAS For Children for several years. He has truly become part of the CARITAS family. He goes out of his way to look out for the children in our child sponsorship programs and serves as their mentor. We asked him to introduce himself to our global CARITAS family and write about his calling to the priesthood. — Ed.

My name is Kyazze Frank Lwanga. I hail from Nkokonjeru Parish. I am the son of the late Mr. Emmanuel Lwanga and the late Mrs. Margret Tusaba Lwanga. I have eight siblings, three girls and five boys. Currently, I am undertaking my theological studies at St. Mary’s National Major Seminary Ggaba, and am in my third year. I am a seminarian belonging to Lugazi diocese.

I developed the desire to the join the seminary as a little boy, during the visit of St. John Paul II to Uganda in 1993, when my mum proposed to me that I become a priest. One year later, she passed on. My siblings and I were then left in the care of our relatives and a few friends of my parents.

Frank the Seminarian Frank the Seminarian

We lived under the care of our paternal grandmother. Personally, l went to St. Anne Primary School for my elementary education. After completing my primary education, with the assistance of my relatives, I was able to go St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary for my secondary education.

University Education

By the grace of God, after successfully completing my secondary education, I received a government sponsorship to study for a Bachelor of Science at Makerere University. Following the advice of my spiritual director, I took it on. Even so, the desire to serve God as a priest never left me. After completing my studies at Makerere University, I worked hard to attain tuition to advance my seminary education.

 

During his vacations from the seminary –classes begin again in September – Frank has been volunteering at local schools and and helping out around the CARITAS office. Twice a week, Frank teaches mathematics to the P7 class at St. Paul's Secondary School School in Nkokonjeru. He has also been teaching a combination of mathematics, English, and religious education classes at St. Henry and at St. Claire. To get to St. Henry's, which is past Kisoga (i.e. halfway to Mukono), Frank drives a bodaboda. Above, Frank explains a problem about calculating the areas of a polygon.
During his vacations from the seminary –classes begin again in September – Frank has been volunteering at local schools and and helping out around the CARITAS office. Twice a week, Frank teaches mathematics to the P7 class at St. Paul's Secondary School School in Nkokonjeru. He has also been teaching a combination of mathematics, English, and religious education classes at St. Henry and at St. Claire, two other schools where children enrolled in CARITAS child sponsorship programs attend. To get to St. Henry's, which is past Kisoga (i.e. halfway to Mukono), Frank drives a bodaboda. Above, Frank explains a problem about calculating the areas of a polygon.

In 2009, I was admitted in Katigondo National Major Seminary for my philosophical studies, which I successfully completed in 2012. Later on, I was appointed to St. Joseph Minor Seminary Nyenga for my pastoral spiritual year which ended in August 2013.

In September 2013, I began my theological studies at St. Mary’s National Major Seminary Ggaba, which by God’s grace, I will complete in 2017.

Call to Serve God

My call to serve God as a priest started when I was a little boy. It was, and still is, a persistent inner desire and attraction to serve God and his people.

As a priest, one may not have a definite plan. We act and plan according to the will of God, as appointed by one’s bishop. My plan as priest in the future is to always be open and accept any appointment given to me by my bishop. Although I am passionate about and enjoy working with young people and the underprivileged people, such as the sick, widows, and orphans, I also enjoy teaching and doing pastoral work.

Frank had organized some of the teens in the CARITAS child sponsorship programs to volunteer to clean the Nkokonjeru parish church and grounds recently. Here, Frank enlisted the help of two boys, Laurence, in blue, and Robert, in red, to clean the bathrooms. Frank had organized some of the teens in the CARITAS child sponsorship programs to volunteer to clean the Nkokonjeru parish church and grounds recently. Here, Frank enlisted the help of two boys, Laurence, in blue, and Robert, in red, to clean the bathrooms. Laurence is sponsored by Edward R. and Robert is sponsored by Monica M.

I plan to serve God and his people whole heartedly. I also plan to have regular moments of personal prayer, meditation and reflection on God’s word, reading and study.

My Day at St. Mary's Ggaba Seminary

My day at St. Mary’s Ggaba begins at 5: 00 a.m., when I say my personal prayers. Then I shower and begin my personal reading until 6:00 a.m.

At 6:30 a.m. we have communal prayers as a seminary community, followed by meditation shortly before our Morning Mass.

We have breakfast immediately after Mass at 8:00 a.m. After breakfast, we begin our lessons at 8:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Shortly after class, we go for our particular examination in our seminary chapel.

 

Sr. Carolyne, CARITAS Program Coordinator-Nkokonjeru, and Frank discuss necessary home visits for candidates of our Catholic child sponsorship programs. Sr. Carolyne, CARITAS Program Coordinator-Nkokonjeru, and Frank discuss necessary home visits for candidates of our Catholic child sponsorship programs.

At 1:00 p.m. we go for lunch. After lunch, I usually give a hand at the seminary farm or in our seminary chapel, after which I do some pastoral work and have a siesta.

At 7:15 p.m., we go for our communal evening prayers. We have our supper at 7:30 p.m. After supper I go for my personal rosary in the grotto.

My night preps begin at 9:00 p.m. and end at 11:00 p.m. when I retire.

God bless you.

You Can Sponsor a Seminarian

If you feel inspired to support vocations and sponsor a seminarian, please e-mail CARITAS For Children at: info@caritas.us.

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