All Christians know the place of Mount Sion in the Bible and the meaning it had for its people of the Old Testament, and the meaning it has for us, people of the New Covenant – it is a multifaceted symbol. In the Archdiocese of Kampala, we too have our own Mt. Sion and day by day it gains popularity and influence in the lives of hundreds of Christians and non-Christians in various ways.
I salute Msgr. Expedito Magembe, the Founder and Director of the Centre. He was Parish priest of Kiziba almost a decade ago. It is there that I met him on my pastoral visits. Participating in ther pastoral activities of God’s family in that Parish, I soon realized that it was becoming increasingly evident that the inspirations of the parish priest and the ordinary life of a Parish were difficult to reconcile. Something, therefore had to be done to free both the Parish Priest and the Parish of Kiziba to allow Holy Spirit to move his agemates the way he wants. This I thought was in keeping with the message and the spirit of the Gospel where we read: “
The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” (John 3:8) Out of the dialogue with both Fr. Charles Kimbowa, the then Parish priest of Naddangira and Fr. Expedito Magembe, came the idea of starting the Centre of Wider Pastoral and Spiritual activities at Bukalango. Gratitude is due to Naddangira Parish leaders; they welcomed Msgr. Magembe and his Vision and Mission.
During the last seven years, it looks like a miracle to see on the one side the physical development of Bukalango, on the other the number of pilgrims who flock to that place. I am inclined to apply to Bukalango what we find in the Book of prophet Micah “And many nations shall come and say, come and let us go to mountain of the Lord, and to the house of God of Jacob and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his path.” (Micah 4:2)
It is that longing expressed by Micah’s prophecy that I wish all pilgrims to the Eucharistic Shrine, Mt. sion, Bukalango to go with and return from there renewed and strengthened in the knowledge, fear and love of God.