Mapeera Nabunnya Pilgrimage Center

About us

Mapeera-Nabunnya Pilgrimage Centre (MNPC) was officially inaugurated by the Vicar General of Kampala, Mgr Charles Kasibante, on the 20th December 2015. The event coincided with the 162nd birthday anniversary of the Apostle of Uganda, Fr. Simeon Lourdel Mapeera.

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Objectives of the Centre

  • The beatification of the pioneer Catholic Missionaries in Uganda, Fr. Simeon Lourdel Mapeera and Bro. Amans Delmas.
  • To make these missionaries and their spiritual sons, the Uganda Martyrs, more known, loved and taken as models of Christian commitment.
  • To make known the history of the Catholic Church in Uganda as a source of inspiration for Christian witness today.
  • To spread the Glory of God and to build His Kingdom.


  • To organise seminars and workshops the life and works of Mapeera, Amans, the Uganda Martyrs and the history of the Catholic Church in Uganda.
  • Make available to the public writings and other articles (e.g., photos, badges, stickers, T-Shirts, etc.), about Mapeera, Amans, the Uganda Martyrs and the history of the Catholic Church in Uganda.
  • Run a library focusing on the same above subjects.
  • Prepare special prayers, novenas, retreats and pilgrimages in the course of the year related to the life of Mapeera, Amans and the Uganda Martyrs.
  • Organise pilgrimages to key places linked to Mapeera, Amans and the Uganda Martyrs.

Motto of the Centre: "For the Glory of God and His Kingdom"

News & Events

01 April Closed

01: (1989) Erection of Kasese Diocese, detached from Fort portal Diocese. Its first bishop was Msgr Egidio Nkaijanabwo.

02 April Closed

(1877) Ordination of Fr. Simeon Lourdel Mapeera, in Algiers, Algeria. We pray for all the priests serving in Uganda that, at the example of Mapeera, the first catholic priest in this country, they may completely dedicate their lives to spreading the Glory of God and building His Kingdom. (2005): 13th Death Anniversary of Pope John Paul II. He was buried on the 8th April in St. Peter’s Basilica.

08 April Closed

Sunday of Divine Mercy. It was officially declared by Pope John Paul II, now a saint, on April 30th 2000, and is celebrated annually on the Second Sunday of Easter. (1978): 40th Anniversary of Priesthood of the Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian K. Lwanga.

09 April Closed

(1899) Arrest of Kabaka Mwanga and Omukama Kabalega and were later taken in exile to Seychelles Islands. Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.

10 April Closed

(1999) Installation of Most Rev. John Baptist Odama, as the first Metropolitan of the newly created Archdiocese of Gulu.

12 April Closed

Mapeera-Nabunnya Pilgrimage Centre: Monthly Mass to pray for the cause of the beatification of Mapeera and Amans at 5.30pm.

14 April Closed

(1975) Remains of Mgr Leon Livinhac, first bishop of Uganda, were brought to Uganda from Algiers (Algeria) by Archbp. Emmanuel Nsubuga. They are now buried at Nabulagala.

15 April Closed

(1878) Fr. Simeon Lourdel (Mapeera) wrote his last will in which he clearly stated the reason why he was coming to this part of Africa: “Spreading the glory of God by expanding the kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the hearts and minds of the people.”

17 April Closed

(1878) Departure from Algiers of the first group of ten Missionaries for East Africa. 5 for Tanganyika and 5 for Uganda. (1966): Erection of Kabale Diocese, being separated from Mbarara Diocese. Bishop Gervase Nkalanga of Bukoba Diocese, a native of Tanzania was appointed its Apostolic Administrator. (1999): Episcopal ordination of Mgr. Christopher Kakooza. Mapeera-Nabulagala Parish and Namugongo Martyrs Shrine: Monthly Mass to pray for the cause of the beatification of Mapeera and Amans at 6.00pm.

20 April Closed

(1991) 27th Death Anniversary of Emmanuel Cardinal K. Nsubuga, a great devotee to the pioneer missionaries, especially Fr. Simeon Lourdel Mapeera. He died in Cologne, Germany, and his body was brought back to Uganda on 26th April and was buried at Nalukolongo Mapeera Bakateyamba Home on the 29th April 1991.