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Gulu: Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate asks for help as the convent gets dilapidated

The Vice President has pledged to support the Gulu worrying Sisters of Mary Immaculate.
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Sisters lay down to reaffirm their vows before God.

Last Updated on: 19th January 2023, 07:52 am

Sisters in Gulu under the congregation of Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate have made alarms over dilapidated convent structures.

They are calling for “special requests” from the government of Uganda, good Samaritans, and well-wishers to mobilise resources to renovate the dilapidated structures at their convent.

Sr. Grace Angelina Aciro, who is the superior mother of the congregation made the request Wednesday to the Vice President of Uganda Jessica Alupo during the consecration ceremony of two Reverend Sisters at St. Joseph Cathedral, Gulu Archdiocese in Bardege Layibi division.

Sr. Grace requested the Vice President to “take their concerns and forward the request” to the  President regarding dilapidated convent structures. They want it to be renovated.

According to some nuns who discussed this matter further with TND News, they say in unison that the dilapidated structures at the convent situated at St Joseph Parish in Gulu Archdiocese are posing fears to them. 

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They added the decaying structures are hosting swarms of bees that have “continuously been attacking the nuns”.

Two sisters were consecrated. Sr. Mary Lydia Elizabeth Apili from Agwata parish in Lira dioceses and Sr. Mary Joyce Okello from Awach parish in Gulu archdiocese. 

During the consecration, seven sisters were celebrating silver jubilee [25 years], six sisters were celebrating golden jubilees [50 years] and one sister celebrated her diamond jubilee [for over 60 years]. 

All of them repeated their perpetual vows before the Church.

The consecration was presided over by the Bishops of Gulu and Lira Catholic archdiocese Sabino Ocan Odoki and Santos Lino Wanok.

The Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese John Baptist Odama who confirmed 16 sisters, including the two who celebrated their silver jubilee, said the event was marking 78 years for the Gulu diocese.

Odama advised the congregations over joining the convent to serve God while appreciating the parents who accept their children to join. He also appealed to the government to take the concerns of the sisters to rescue them from the dilapidated convent, saying it should be renovated.

Jessica Alupo who was the Guest of Honor commended the church’s role in promoting and serving humanity, and the transformation of livelihood through the initiation of good projects.

She pledged to support the Gulu worrying Sisters of Mary Immaculate.

Some officials (politicians) present were Joyce Kaducu, State Minister for primary education, Aol Betty Ocan, woman MP for Gulu City, and Oola Patrick Lumumba, the mayor of Bardege Layibi division.

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