• Africa

Where We Serve

Holy Cross established a presence in East Africa in 1958 in response to a general invitation by the Holy See to organize the Church’s missionary activities around the world. The first group of Holy Cross religious in East Africa was led by long-time missionary Rev. Vincent J. McCauley, C.S.C., who later became the first Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese and whose cause for sainthood was introduced in 2006. The religious settled in the northern portion of the Mbarara Diocese in Uganda, which later became the dioceses of Fort Portal, Hoima and Kasese.


Servant of God Vincent McCauley

Remembered for his compassion and leadership, Bishop McCauley guided the Church in aiding countless refugees, widows, orphans, and migrants in the region during the political turmoil of 1960s and 70s. He also took leading roles in the creation and administration of East Africa’s episcopal associations.

Ave Crux, Spes Unica "Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope"

“We no longer use the term ‘adaptation.’ The suspicion is that ‘adaptation’ implies putting African clothes on European and foreign interpretations of Christ’s message. To the African Church the message of Christ is universal and, therefore, should be presented to the Africans as God’s message to Africans. It must be something that can be understood and put into practice in Africa … The Gospel, the Church, must be incarnated in the African culture in which we live.”

Servant of God Vincent McCauley

News Publications

Our Mission is the Lord’s

Love is a key attribute in Christianity. The love of God is a prevalent concept both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Our Lady of Sorrows: Taking Our Side

Our Lady of Sorrows

During my childhood, I encountered and experienced Mary, the Mother of Jesus, through my own mother who is named “Shandha Rani” (which means queen of the evening). She taught us to pray every day, especially the Rosary. Every evening just after the evening bell of the Church, all the members of my family used to...

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Collection of Hymns of Blessed Basile Moreau Published

Faithful Echoes

  GIA Publications in the United States has published a small collection of hymns written by Blessed Basile Moreau, entitled Faithful Echoes: The Hymns of Basil Moreau. The collection, which includes music in both French and English, is the fruit of nearly four years of work by a team of translators and hymn composers, led by Fr....

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Nine Make Their Profession of Vows in East Africa

Final Vows & Ordinations

On July 25, 2013, in Fort Portal, Uganda, nine young men made their profession of vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross. Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., Superior of the United States Province, presided at the Mass, which was held at the Holy Cross Novitiate at Lake Saaka. All nine newly professed are members of the...

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Seven Profess Final Vows in East Africa

Final Professions

This past weekend, on January 4, at St. Augustine’s Center in Kampala, Uganda, seven members of the District of East Africa made their Profession of Final Vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross. They were:  Rogers Kakeeto, C.S.C., Patrick Mugabo, C.S.C., Agapetus Mukabane, C.S.C., Francis Mukasa, C.S.C., Sebastian Mulinge, C.S.C., John Mwesige, C.S.C., and Alex Okidi, C.S.C....

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Nine Profess First Vows and Nine New Novices Are Received in East Africa

Final Professions

On July 16, 2014, the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrated the First Profession of nine novices at the Holy Cross Novitiate in Fort Portal, Uganda. Their vows were received by Fr. Pat Neary, C.S.C., the Superior of the District of East Africa. Five days later, on July 21, the Novitiate, which is located on picturesque Lake...

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Ordination Class the Largest Ever for the Congregation in East Africa


On Saturday, August 2, six deacons of the Congregation of Holy Cross were ordained priests at St. Augustine’s Institute in Kampala, Uganda. This Ordination Class of six men represents the largest Ordination Class in the history of the Congregation’s District of East Africa, which serves Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The six were ordained by the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, the...

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