Holy Trinity Parish Bisozi was started on June 18th 2000. It was erected by Rt. Rev. Paul L. Kalanda.
Bisozi Parish is located in Kamwenge deanery in Kamwenge district. The parish is 72 km from the diocesan headquarters at Virika in Fort Portal town. The Parish currently has 65 outstations with an estimate population of 40,000 Catholics being served by two priests and a Religious Brother of the Congregation of St. Joseph the Worker. There is yet no house for Religious Women in the Parish although much as there is need. The Pastor (Parish Priest) is Rev. Fr. Aloysius Tumwekwase being assisted by Fr. John Baptist Mwesige.
The parish has 13 sub parishes divided into 2 zones namely: Bisozi zone, with 31 outstations and Munyuma zone with 34 outstations. The parish is comprised of many tribes such as Banyankore, Bakiga, Bafumbira, Bakonzo, Batooro and Congolese refugees. The Parish thus has a diverse culture given the various tribes that have come to settle in the area.
Bisozi Parish is well known for hosting refugees since early 1970’s. The Refugee settlement within the parish called Rwamwanja is hosting more than 30,000 refugees from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo due to the war that broke there in 2011 by the M23 rebels. The refugee settlement is managed by the United Nations and some charitable Organizations under Uganda government through the office of the Prime Minister-OPM.
The coming in of refugees in 2011 brought with it a number of challenges, the first being the need to create space on land for the settling refugees leading to eviction of people who were settling there previously, who are now homeless. Efforts to resettle the evicted people have been since then fruitless. The second challenge is about the poverty in the area. There two major harvesting and planting seasons with almost one season that supports crop harvest, from September to December. The February – May season, almost supports no harvest. There is only one health facility that is at the service of more than 70,000 people. There is high infant mortality rate, teenage pregnancy, and general theft of items especially in the settlement. There are only three church outstations that are built out of permanent materials namely: Katalyeba, Mahane and Ntenungi.
There are only two government aided Secondary schools and a few governments aided primary schools. The rest of the primary schools are beginning and most of the pupils study in church buildings during the weekdays and in the weekend they are used for prayers.
The parish owns St. Antony Nursery and Primary school with a boarding section at the parish headquaters. Its total enrolment is 180 pupils. The boarding section still has fewer pupils because of lack of better quality facilities such as water, beds and electricity. However, the last two years saw some first grade performance among its pupils.
Amidst all these challenges, the Pastors and the Faithful are happy, forging ahead with every possibility and working hard for a better future.
The Pastor/Parish priest: Fr. Aloysuis Tumwekwase has hope that you the reader will encourage them and invigorate their apostolate and service of the church to the poor and most unfortunate in Bisozi Parish.
BISOZI: Millennium Parish (2000)
P.O. Box 214