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 January Closed

Feast of Mary Mother of God. World Day of Peace. : (1890) At the beginning of January, Mgr Leon Livinhac together with Fr. Jules Chantemerle and Bro Amans Delmas, started the mission of Bugoma which was dedicated to “Our Lady of Good Help” (Notre Dame de Bon-Secours)

06 January Closed

: Epiphany of the Lord

12 January Closed

: Mapeera and Amans monthly Mass at Nabunnya Pilgrimage Centre, 5.30pm

13 January Closed

: Baptism of the Lord

15 January Closed

: (1889) Mapeera and Amans started the mission of Nyegezi for the refugees from Buganda. They dedicated it to “Our Lady of the Exiles”.

17 January Closed

: Mapeera and Amans monthly Mass at Nabulagala & Namugongo, 6.00pm

18 January Closed

: Beginning of Novena – John Mary Muzeeyi. Daily Mass at Jugula (Mengo-Kisenyi), 3.00pm

19 January Closed

: (1895) Death Anniversary of Bro. Amans Delmas. He died at Bagamoyo (Tanzania) where he was buried until 1974 when his remains were transferred to Uganda and are now buried at Nabulagala. : MAB-PRO – Recollection Day at Nabunnya starting from 9.00am : Mass at Nabunnya at 5.30pm

20 January Closed

: (1879) Fr. Simeon Lourdel and Bro. Amans Delmas left Kageye (Mwanza-Tanzania) for Buganda where they arrived on the 17th February 1879. The other three companions: Frs Leon Livinhac, Leon Barbot and Ludovic Girault stayed behind waiting for the news from Kabaka Muteesa I.

24 January Ongoing

: (1892) War between Catholics and Protestants broke out. Lubaga mission was all destroyed. It had just been transferred here from Nabunnya (downhill) at the end of 1891.

18 January Closed

18.01 : Beginning of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25). Theme: “Justice and only justice you shall pursue” (Dt 16:18-20) 25.01 : Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle