Global Outreach

Unique Opportunity with Catholic Child Sponsorship Programs Internship

Posted by Jennifer Ostrowski on Nov 14, 2015 3:33:00 PM

During my internship in Uganda I accompanied Sr. Carolyne, CARITAS Program Coordinator in Nkokonjeru, on a visit to meet with Bishop Christopher Kakooza who was installed as the new head of the Lugazi Diocese on June 5, 2015. We traveled with Fr. JohnBosco Wasswa, the Catholic parish priest of Nkokonjeru Parish where CARITAS For Children has one of its child sponsorship programs. The Nkokonjeru Parish Choir was also along to meet with Bishop Kakooza.

When we reached the bishop's residence in Lugazi we met up with the Namilyango Parish Choir. Both choirs are part of the Legion of Mary, a Catholic organization that celebrates Mother Mary. Nkokonjeru and Namilyango are among some of the locations of CARITAS' Catholic child sponsorship programs in Uganda.

Our meeting with Bishop Kakooza included a brief report on the Legion of Mary, which aims to bring people together to sing and worship, followed by a concert in the yard including performances by both choirs. 

Sr. Carolyne, with her back to camera, serves Bishop Kakooza some refreshments before the concert begins. Women seated to the left are wearing the traditional gomesi. Sr. Carolyne, with her back to camera, serves Bishop Kakooza some refreshments before the concert begins. Women seated to the left are wearing the traditional gomesi. 

The Nkokonjeru Choir singing on the veranda. Most of the songs were in Luganda, although a few English hymns were included. The Nkokonjeru Choir singing on the veranda. Most of the songs were in Luganda, although a few English hymns were included. 

The Nkokonjeru Choir sings about Mother Mary. The Nkokonjeru Choir sings about Mother Mary.
 

The Namilyango Choir sings on the veranda. They presented a beautiful version of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. The Namilyango Choir sings on the veranda. They presented a beautiful version of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. 

It was a bit dark, but we did manage to get a group photo at the end. Fr. JohnBosco is standing next to Bishop Kakooza. It was getting late, but we did manage to get a group photo at the end. Fr. JohnBosco is standing next to Bishop Kakooza.

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