Daughters of St Paul in Uganda
The presence of the Daughters of St Paul in East Africa began in Uganda. The history of this presence is tightly interwoven with the events that took place in the country in the early 60s. At that time the people in Uganda would rather go hungry than not have literature to read. The bishops saw a great need to open a book centre where inspiring materials for growth in Faith would be found. The Church in Uganda prepared the ground, and on 2nd February 1964, the first Daughters of St Paul arrived. Arrangements were made for them to take over the book centre, and in June 1964 the book centre was inaugurated.
The community of the Daughters of St Paul in Uganda has grown since then. Presently the Sisters have the book centre, Paulines Book and Media Centre, along Kampala Road. It is from here that they offer their witness and service to the people of Uganda. They present book exhibitions in schools, institutions, parishes, and any place or event that offers an opportunity to bring the Word of God to the people. They also have a radio apostolate: they prepare programmes that are aired on Radio Maria, an archdiocesan radio station.
There is a formation house situated in Nakasero, Kyadondo Road. Here women who would like to become Daughters of St Paul begin their journey of formation into religious life. At the formation house, these women already are learning what it means to make use of the means of social communications to better understand the mission of the life they desire to embrace. They print small booklets and produce audio visual materials. During this formation time they go out with the Sisters to assist in the propaganda (book exhibitions).
Many people within Kampala and in the neighbouring dioceses and towns have had access to Pauline books and other materials because our Sisters are in this Book and Media Centre. Our Founder, Blessed Alberione, always reminded us that our “boundaries are the boundaries of the world.” The Sisters were encouraged to go beyond the boundaries of Uganda and from there they ventured into Rwanda.