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

06 March Closed

: Ash Wednesday: Theme: “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rm 8: 19) See Pope’s message. : (1974) Card. E.K. Nsubuga brought to Uganda, the remains of Bro. Amans Delmas and Fr. Leon Barbot, from Bagamoyo (Tanganyika) and Zanzibar respectively. : (2011) Transfer of the remains of the pioneer missionaries, i.e., Frs. Leon Livinhac, Ludovic Girault, Leon Barbot, Simeon Lourdel (Mapeera) and Bro. Amans Delmas, from Lubaga and buried in the Memorial Chapel at Mapeera-Nabulagala Parish.

07 March Closed

: (1879) Mapeera and Amans settled in their first house at Lubya-Nabulagala. Opening of the first Mission post in Uganda.

08 March Closed

: International Women’s Day. Theme: “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

10 March Closed

: (1891) For the first time, missionaries were sent outside the capital Kampala to start a new mission post in Buddu. These were Fr. Henri Streicher, Fr. Jean Gacon and Bro. Victor Claes Louis. They left from Nabunnya Mission post and settled in their first mission post, at Kiwaala, in Buddu on the 19th March 1891. : (1881) Muteesa I left Lubaga Palace because of the plague (Kawumpuli) and installed himself in Kasubi-Nabulagala Palace where he stayed up to his death in October 1884.

11 March Closed

: (1891) Frs. Alphonse Brard and Louis Schmier were sent from Nabunnya to a mission post in Busoga.

13 March Closed

: (2013) Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936. : (1885) Fr. Simeon Lourdel, together with Fr. Pierre Giraud, left Bukune Mission (Our Lady of Djiwe la Singa) in Tanganyika (between Mwanza and Tabora), in view of returning to Buganda where he arrived, together with Bro. Amans and Fr. Pierre Giraud in July 1885 and settled at Nalukolongo. After their departure from Bukune, the mission, which Mapeera had started in April 1884, was closed.

18 March Closed

: (1882) First baptisms of the Protestants in Uganda. It was at Nateete and these were: Mackay Sembera Kamumbe, Filipo Mukasa, Edward Mukasa, Yakobo Buzaabalyawo, Yakobo Takirambudde, Princess Nalumansi Kalaala, Princess Lakeri Namikka (daughter of Ssuuna II). NB: Buzaabalyawo later became Catholic (15th November 1885) and martyr. Kalaala (daughter of Muteesa I) also became Catholic (27th April 1886).

19 March Closed

: Feast of St. Joseph. : (1891) Opening of the first mission post in Buddu at Kiwaala (between Kitovu and Luvule-Bukkakata) by Fr. Henri Streicher, Fr. Jean Gacon and Bro. Victor Claes Louis. : (2013) The Papal inauguration of Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.