Struggling Brothers’ Congregation in Uganda Grateful after Boost from Catholic Charity

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Members of the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Martin de Porres in Uganda’s Gulu Archdiocese have expressed their gratitude following a financial donation from the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, to boost the “ongoing formation”.

In a report published Wednesday, September 14, Brother Charles Olumu, the Congregation’s Delegate Superior conveyes the joy of the Brothers after receiving $10,500 to support ongoing formation and other evangelization activities.

“In the name of God and in the name of my confreres who have known the consolation of your love, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your tireless efforts to support the mission in this poor region of Northern Uganda,” Brother Charles says.

He adds, in a note to the Catholic charity foundation, “May God Almighty bless you for the good work you have done for our Brothers. My confreres deeply appreciate the friendship you have shown us. We have truly understood that someone who helps his friends in need is a true friend.”

In the September 14 report, ACN notes that the Brothers of the Congregation that was founded by the late Bishop Sisto Mazzoldi in 1953 when he was the Prefect of what was called Barh el-Gebel in Sudan live in poverty in the impoverished part of Uganda and rely on donations from outside the country to provide pastoral care to locals.


“As a locally founded African congregation, the Brothers are poor and depend on help from abroad – including for their ongoing formation and spiritual deepening,” the foundation that supports the people of God in areas experiencing difficulties says.

It adds, “Indeed, in order to be able to serve others, they themselves need to be constantly strengthened in their spiritual life so that their vocation does not evaporate at some point.”

In Uganda, ACN reports, Brothers of St. Martin de Porres “work in parishes, teach in schools and help the poor and needy through various charitable activities.”

ACN notes that since 2013, it has not been possible “for various reasons” for the Brothers working in Northern Uganda to organize formation sessions.

Faced with a number of challenges, key among them finances, the leadership of the Congregation turned to the foundation for help.

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Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.