The Catholic Church congratulated the Saint Mary of Ggaba National Seminary for having mobilized to make the little boy a responsible and respectful man in society.
The recognition came as the Seminary celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, notably called the Golden Jubilee.
“As you know, the Seminary has produced bishops, priests and so many others [other] gentlemen, as Katikkiro rightly observed [in his remarks]. These men who became responsible have contributed immensely to the development of our country in the public and private sectors. So indeed it is a golden blessing to celebrate and glorify our God [for the last 50 years]said the Archbishop of Kampala, Paul Ssemogerere.
In his message, the Katikkiro [Prime Minister] from the Kingdom of Buganda, Mr. Charles Peter Mayiga, who was represented by Mrs. Prosperous Nankindu Kavuma, Minister of Education, Health and Development of the Kingdom, acknowledged the role of the seminar.
“We have realized in the Kingdom of Buganda the neglect of the boy-child and for this reason we want to take this opportunity to appreciate the Catholic Church for the mentorship done to specifically promote the boy-child. Evidenced by such a seminar, where nearly [over] 2,000 men have been brought up well and are [today] men of substance,” Mr. Mayiga said.
He added: “[Seminaries] now are the places we have for boy-to-child mentoring. We thank the Catholic Church for easing the burden of parenting the boy-child…”
The main guest, Bishop Luigi Bianco, Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, said that the priesthood is not limited to what people think.
“The priesthood is not about obtaining certain comforts and privileges, but rather about the humble missionary [of] service and total surrender of his life to the cause of evangelization,” Bishop Bianco said.
He added: “The priesthood is not an isolated way of life, but a priest must always be a man of communion in communities and must be a beacon of light and hope using the guiding principles of love , unity and reconciliation in local churches and beyond.”
Bishop Anthony Joseph Zziwa of the Diocese of Kiyinda-Mityana, the main celebrant, dedicated the seminary to divine protection.