Only God Knows the future of Holy Cross Sisters

logoIt is imperative that the church today is equipped with strength which enables it to adequately confront the world of this generation with not just confidence but also adequate Education and competitive skills development. Thanks to the Holy Cross.

The foundation of the family of Holy Cross in Uganda began in 1958 when the Holy Cross priests arrived in Fort Portal. Shortly afterwards, the brothers joined them. As the new diocese of Fort Portal began to grow under the leadership of Bishop Vincent McCauley, the latter expressed the need for the Banyatereza Sisters to have further education. The White Sisters began Saint Maria Goretti SSS in 1967 for the education of the Sisters and their aspirants. Bishop McCauley then asked the Sisters of the Holy Cross in the United States to come and assist in the administration and teaching there.

On 13 February 1967, Sisters Catherine de Ricci and Madeline Patrice arrived in Fort Portal accompanied by Sister Olivette, who was the Mission Coordinator of the Sisters. Sister Catherine de Ricci became the headmistress while Sister Madeline Patrice taught in the school. In July of that same year, three new Sisters of the Holy cross arrived to assist on the staff. One of them, Sister Mary Louise Wahler, later replaced Sister Catherine as headmistress.

Holy Cross sisters Virika and Kyarusozi

Holy Cross sisters Virika and Kyarusozi

As the years went by, many Sisters of the Holy Cross came to teach at the school for various lengths of time. Two who are especially remembered are sisters Edward Anna and Leonella, who left a great impact on the Diocese: Sister Edward Ann with her musical talent and ministry to the women, and Sister Leonella with religious education and charismatic renewal since the Holy cross Sisters had not only teachers but health personnel, two nurses, Sisters Mary De Nardis and Patricia Burke, arrived in 1969. After working closely with the Medical Mission Sisters at Virika Hospital and on safaris, they ventured off on their own to Bundibugyo. First, they worked in the government hospital there and eventually opened up our own clinic in Busaru.

This became a much needed health facility, but during the attack by the rebels the sisters unfortunately had to flee. Still seeing the need for health care in the Diocese, the Sisters were invited in 1998 to continue their ministry in Kyarusozi Parish. In order to provide a more holistic ministry, the Sisters began Holy Cross Family Centre at Kirinda in Kyenjojo District, which is a combination of health care and education. To this present date the health unit continues to provide excellent compassionate care to the people of that area. In response to another great need, the Sisters began a nursery school as a pilot project in 2008. Because of such a positive response from parents, the school is expanding into Moreau Nursery/Primary School.

As the years went by, many Sisters of the Holy Cross came to teach at the school for various lengths of time. Two who are especially remembered are sisters Edward Anna and Leonella, who left a great impact on the Diocese: Sister Edward Ann with her musical talent and ministry to the women, and Sister Leonella with religious education and charismatic renewal since the Holy cross Sisters had not only teachers but health personnel, two nurses, Sisters Mary De Nardis and Patricia Burke, arrived in 1969. After working closely with the Medical Mission Sisters at Virika Hospital and on safaris, they ventured off on their own to Bundibugyo. First, they worked in the government hospital there and eventually opened up our own clinic in Busaru.

This became a much needed health facility, but during the attack by the rebels the sisters unfortunately had to flee. Still seeing the need for health care in the Diocese, the Sisters were invited in 1998 to continue their ministry in Kyarusozi Parish. In order to provide a more holistic ministry, the Sisters began Holy Cross Family Centre at Kirinda in Kyenjojo District, which is a combination of health care and education. To this present date the health unit continues to provide excellent compassionate care to the people of that area. In response to another great need, the Sisters began a nursery school as a pilot project in 2008. Because of such a positive response from parents, the school is expanding into Moreau Nursery/Primary School.

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