The two-year stay at the Minor Seminary was the only time the twins spent together in formation. They were at pains to separate again, proceeding to different Major Seminaries for their Philosophy, pastoral work and later, Theology, with “something mysterious” keeping them united.
For his studies in Philosophy, Fr. Peter went to St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Katigondo in Uganda's Masaka Diocese, while Fr. Andrew went to Uganda Martyrs Aloculum Major Seminary in Gulu.
For their year of pastoral experience, Fr. Peter went to St. Mathias Mulumba Ibanda and Our Lady of Assumption Nsenyi Parishes in the Diocese of Kasese, while Fr. Andrew went to neighboring Immaculate Heart Parish, Hima and St John the Evangelist, Bukangara Parish.
They proceeded with their Theology at St. Mary’s National Seminary and St. Paul’s Major Seminary in Kinyamasika in the Archdiocese of Kampala.
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In the interview with ACI Africa February 10, Fr. Peter recalls their parents' shock when the two announced that they wanted to join the Priesthood.
“In the Minor Seminary, our parents thought that we were not serious about our desire to become Priests and they thought we’d drop the idea to pursue other things. They were shocked when we announced that we wanted to proceed with Philosophy,” Fr. Peter said.
He added, “Some people told our parents that we were throwing away our lives by joining Priesthood. Being the eldest sons in our family of eight children, we were expected to marry to preserve the clan’s dignity,” the young Cleric shared, adding that the family is made up of five daughters and three sons, the youngest son being 18 years old.
At one point, the twins were advised by their parents to decide who between them would drop out of formation to the Priesthood, but they were both unwavering in their desire to become Priests.
“Our parents wanted one of us to stay at home. It was an impossible decision to make so we both went to the Major Seminary,” Fr. Peter recalls, and adds in reference to their parents, “Today, they are very proud of us and happy that we decided to pursue our dream.”
Though distance separated them, the twin brothers talked every day, encouraging each other to stick to their vocation to the Priesthood. And when a significant number of those they joined the formation with quit, the twin brothers persisted to the end.
“We always reminded each other about the need to stick to the programs of the Seminary and to adhere to the rules and regulations of formation,” Fr. Andrew narrated.
He added, “We called each other and talked about the importance of being humble and prayerful, respecting our formators as our own parents and the other Seminarians as our own brothers. We took advice from people very seriously and that helped us a lot.”
Fr. Cosmas Musungu who was ordained alongside the twins describes the two as very humble, respectful and prayerful brothers who were always inseparable.
“The two really love each other and they do the same things; one would imagine they think the same way. They are very hardworking, humble and prayerful and they both play soccer,” Fr. Cosmas told ACI Africa February 10.
Fr. Musungu knew the twins during their two years in Minor Seminary and also studied with them separately during their subsequent years of formation to the Priesthood.
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.