University of Kisubi Chaplaincy history is a story of growth and development for a decade also. The Chaplaincy, as we know it today, has its origins in the devotion of the pioneer students in August 2004. There were about forty pioneer students who devoted themselves to begin the daily activities with Mass. One of the pioneer students by the name of Fr. Thomas from Tanzania presided over Mass every day at Kisubi Brothers University centre of Uganda Martyrs University. In August 2005, Fr. Angelo Ssemugooma joined that the Kisubi Brothers University centre staff team. He was also assigned that duty of acting chaplain. As the number of students grew, the need for spiritual care and support was recognized. Hence in 2008, Fr. Angelo Ssemugooma was officially appointed as the chaplain. For these few years the chaplaincy nevertheless remained true to the original ethos of Brothers of Christian Instruction: providing a base for Catholic students to pray study and socialize. Many alumni look back on their time at the university and reflect on the stability that the chaplaincy provided them with. We will continue to be committed to that cause of being involved with others in the provision of ‘holistic care’ which is concerned with the whole person’s spiritual health, physical, social and emotional health and well being. We also look forward to times when we will have an ecumenical chaplaincy. So far students of other faiths are encouraged to join the communities of their faiths in surroundings near the university.
Sunday: 9.00 am [at St. Mount Teresa chapel]
Weekdays: 7.00 am
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday [at the University Mainhall]
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday [at St. Mount Teresa chapel]
Tuesday: 6.00 pm [special arrangement at various University hostels]
Prayer and Devotions
Prayer of the Church:
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: 6.40 am (during semester time)
Thursday: 8.00am – 7.30 pm (during Semester time)
Monday – Saturday: 7.00 pm [at St. Mount Teresa chapel during May and October]
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION/ CONFESSION
Thursday— 5.00 pm (and any time on request)
The letter “Misericordia Dei” (God’s Mercy), by Pope John Paul II in May 2002 emphasised that individual confession of our sins to a priest remains the ordinary way to obtain forgiveness for our sins.
St. Isidore of Seville stated that confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.
Stations of the Cross
Fridays: 5.00 pm during Lent
Preparation for sacraments
Sacraments of initiation
We prepare students for baptism, first confession, confirmation and Holy Communion. They meet on weekly basis to attend catechism classes at the Chaplaincy.
Adults wishing to join the church (RCIA)
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Then, why not join Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)? The programme begins at the beginning of the academic year and the participants meet weekly to share their hopes and doubts and to hear and learn what the Catholic Church teaches.
Sacraments of matrimony
Provided you are a present member of the University community, (students, academic or auxiliary staff), the Catholic Chaplaincy, will provide marriage preparation for you and your fiancé but your wedding will be officiated at the parish where you presently reside or the parish of your own choice since St. Mount Teresa chapel is not gazetted to officiate weddings and we have not yet go the University Chapel.
Groups and Associations
There are plenty of ways to be involved with your Faith at University of Kisubi. There a variety of ways you could enrich your faith as a student here. Much of our activity would centre around our four main groups:
Faith Forum/ CAFE
The University intends to start a Faith Forum such as Catholic Faith Exploration as one of the new movements in the Church. We will hold a series of talks, each building upon the other, to demonstrate how the Catholic faith is compatible with the modern scientific understanding and challenges some of our cultures. This is an opportunity for undergraduates to meet, eat together, socialise, pray, deepen our knowledge of the Church’s teachings and openly discuss the issues we face as young Catholics today.
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who serve the Church and their neighbors on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. The purpose of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.
Meetings: Sundays after 9.am Mass.
St Augustine said: “To sing is to pray twice”. Music ministry at University of Kisubi is made up of students and parishioners and provides the music for 7 am and 9 am Masses on Sundays—practices begin at 8.30 pm every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The choir is also available to offer its services on events like funerals, weddings, graduations, among others.
Charismatic prayer group
It is our charismatic prayer group that meets Sundays from 8.00-9.00 pm. Evenings include times for Adoration, Praise and Worship, Intercessory Prayer, and take different forms. There are opportunities for prayer ministry, confession and teachings and talks by members of the group. Contact Person:
The Fraternity of St Benedict
This is intended to be a male student prayer group which meets to pray and study the spirituality of St Benedict—ora et labora [prayer and work]. It could meet every Monday at 8pm.
Retreats, Events, Outreach and Chaplaincy tours.
University of Kisubi Chaplain
Rev. Fr. Angelo Ssemugooma