St. Padre Pio Nyahuka Catholic Parish is located in Bundibugyo District, western Uganda (west of the Rwenzori mountain ranges) about 180 mi (or 290 km) west of Kampala, the country’s capital town and 88.2 Km from the Diocesan Head Quarters in Fort Portal. With the completion of Fort Portal-Bundibugyo Lamia Road, only 15 minutes drive from Nyahuka can link you to the border, where a large concrete bridge over river Lamia connects the superb tarmac highway to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
St. Padre Pio Nyahuka Catholic Parish was curved out of Bugombwa Parish in 2006 and officially opened as a Parish in 2007, by Bishop Robert K. Muhiirwa, Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese, with Fr. Fabius Bainakanaama as its first Parish Priest.
POPULATION IN ST. PADRE PIO NYAHUKA CATHOLIC PARISH
Estimated number of Christians (Catholic Population in 2013) = 14,705 People
Number of Sub-parishes = 6
Number of Church centres = 30
Baptisms during 2013
- Up to 1 year Old = 414
- From 1-7 years old =681
- Over 7 years old = 424
Total Baptisms as at 31 December 2013 since the erection of the Parish = 7,103 People
Total number of confirmations during the year 2013= 194
First Holy Communion during the year 2013= 157
Marriages during the year 2013
Between Catholics (Baptized) = 28
Collaborators in Pastoral ministry in St. Padre Pio Nyahuka Catholic Parish
- Diocesan Priests:
– Fr. Fabius Bainakanaama (Parish Priest)
– Fr. Silvanus Barikurungi (Curate)
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN ST. PADRE PIO NYAHUKA CATHOLIC PARISH
Catholic Founded Non-Catholic
- Nursery Schools 7 26
- Primary Schools 9 24
- Secondary Schools 1 4
- Technical Schools – -
- Teachers’ Colleges – -
- Universities – -
THE INDIGENOUS PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS OF ST.PADRE PIO NYAHUKA CATHOLIC PARISH
NAME DATE OF ORDINATION
Lazarus Businge (R.I.P) 21st July 2007 (1st Indigenous Priest of Nyahuka)
RELIGIOUS YEAR OF 1ST PROFESSION
Sr. Sylivia Kemigisa, DST 8th December 2009 (1st Indigenous Sister)
PRIESTS WHO HAVE SERVED IN ST.PADRE PIO NYAHUKA CATHOLIC PARISH
|PARISH PRIESTS||Fabius Bainakanaama (2007- to date)|
|CURATES||Fr. Patrick Tukwasibwe (2007- 2009)||Fr. Benedict Mugisha (2009-2012)||Fr. Robert Mwesige (2012-2013)||Fr. Simon Mapeera (2013-2014)||Fr. Silvanus Barikurungi (2014 to date)|
SUB-PARISHES AND CHURCH CENTRES IN ST. PADRE PIO NYAHUKA CATHOLIC PARISH
Number of Sub-Parishes = 6
Total number of Churches = 30
PADRE PIO NYAHUKA CHURCH CENTER ( SUB-PARISH)
- Bundikakemba Church centre
- Simbya Nkuru Church Centre
- Kituule Church Centre
- Nyambaro Church Centre
NJULE CHURCH CENTRE (SUB-PARISH)
- Milembe Church Centre
- Mutunda Church Centre
- Tombwe Church Centre
- Busunga Church Centre
- Lamya Church Centre
- Bundingoma Church Centre
- Buusu Church Centre
BUBANDI CHURCH CENTRE (SUB-PARISH)
- Bundimbuga Church Centre
- Bunyangule Church Centre
- Nyankonda Church Centre
BUGANIKERE CHURCH CENTRE (SUB-PARISH)
- Njanja Church Centre
- Bundikyora Church Centre
- Kasanji Church Centre
BUNDIKUYALI CHURCH CENTRE (SUB-PARISH)
- Busaru Church Centre
- Bubomboli I Church Centre
- Bubomboli III Church Centre
- Bundimbele Church Centre
BUBOMBOLI II CENTRE (SUB-PARISH)
- Busoru I Church Centre
- Busoru II Church Centre
- Busoru III Church Centre
ACTIVE LAY APOSTOLATE MOVEMENTS IN ST.PADRE PIO NYAHUKA CATHOLIC PARISH
- Legion of Mary
- Catholic Charismatic Renewal
- Uganda Martyrs’ Guild
- Holy Childhood
- Altar servers
MAJOR ACTIVITIES IN ST.PADRE PIO NYAHUKA CATHOLIC PARISH
- Pastoral activity, Ministry of Sacraments, Mass (Eucharist), Penance and teaching Catechism
- Pastoral work in Village Chapels (Church Centres)/ opening of new Out stations
- Evangelization in the Small Christian Communities
- Nursery and Primary School with the aim of improving the education standards of the local people
- Stress on self reliance
SOME CHALLENGES IN ST.PADRE PIO NYAHUKA PARISH
- The Place is still semi-urban and many of its out station Churches are remote.
- The place neighbors with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hence having Refugees coming to and from across the border.
- Village roads in poor condition, impassable during the rainy season; reaching distant out station Churches becomes a problem.
- In most cases, Women are overburdened to look after the family and children, case of Men being redundant are common.
- Illiteracy levels still high among women; those who turn up in schools, not many.
- Traditional beliefs and practices; especially Polygamy still high (3-4 wives).
- Some superstitious tendencies and cases of witchcraft still evident hence many people in need of Spiritual healing and deliverance.
- Malnutrition as seen in Hospitals
- Some Catholic Primary Schools are in dilapidated state.
- Many people suffer from Malaria fever, especially children.
- Frequent Tribal conflicts (Between the Bamba and Bakonjo)
- Encroachment on Church Property, e.g. Land
- People reluctant to be received in Church; still getting adult Baptisms at 70 years of age.
- Some instances of people not valuing Education; school drop outs at P.5 or P.7 seem high. Early Marriages and very few going to higher institutions of learning.
- Marriages still a problem; a few coming for Church Marriage.
- Too much dependency on Cocoa
- Challenge of Catechists: some lack commitment, others very old, some dying, some not faithful, a few are faithful
- There are signs of reconciliation coming between the two tribes (Konzo/Bamba).
- Respect for Women was low, there is a great improvement and women are being respected and given responsibility in Church as of now.
- Parents are beginning to send their children to School
- Lay apostolate Movements are becoming active
- Catechism is being intensified
- Emphasis on Permanent Church structures for the Churches which were in a poor state.
- Working hard to improve Schools especially St. Mary’s Simbya to accommodate Boys and Girls so as to students get focused on their studies.
- Working closely with Government
- Girl Children were over looked; working hard to change people’s outlook on the girl child.
- To grow more Cocoa as well as enough food crops to reduce on high expenditure on food stuffs
- Seminars on teaching on the culture of saving