Saint of the Day – June 3 – Martyrs of Uganda

The Memorial of Martyrs of Uganda

Martyrs of Uganda is the Patron Saint of Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana

Martyrs of Uganda Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersMarried People who became Saints

Martyrs of Uganda brief life History

Date of Birth 19th Century AD
Country of Birth Uganda in Africa
Profession Christian Converts
Place of Work Uganda
Date of Death 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887
Place of Death Uganda
Feast Day June 3
Beatification By Pope Benedict XV in 1920
Canonization By Pope Paul VI on 18 October 1964
Patron Saint of Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana

Martyrs of Uganda Short life History

Below are the twenty-two (22) Martyrs of Uganda who were killed in the persecutions of King Mwanga. They are –

• Achilleus Kiwanuka
• Adolphus Ludigo-Mukasa
• Ambrosius Kibuuka
• Anatoli Kiriggwajjo
• Andrew Kaggwa
• Antanansio Bazzekuketta
• Bruno Sserunkuuma
• Charles Lwanga
• Denis Ssebuggwawo Wasswa
• Gonzaga Gonza
• Gyavira Musoke
• James Buuzaabalyaawo
• John Maria Muzeeyi
• Joseph Mukasa
• Kizito
• Lukka Baanabakintu
• Matiya Mulumba
• Mbaga Tuzinde
• Mugagga Lubowa
• Mukasa Kiriwawanvu
• Nowa Mawaggali
• Ponsiano Ngondwe

These Uganda Martyrs are a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity in the historical kingdom of Buganda, now part of Uganda, who were executed between 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887.

It is Kabaka Mwanga II of Buganda Kingdom who authorised these killings. The deaths took place at a time when there was a three-way religious struggle for political influence at the Buganda royal court.

The English Church Missionary Society used the deaths to enlist wider public support for the British acquisition of Uganda for the Empire.

The Catholic Church beatified the 22 Catholic martyrs of its faith in 1920 and canonized them in 1964.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

In September 1888, Mwanga planned to get rid of remaining Christian and Muslim leaders by leaving them to starve on an island in crocodile-infested Lake Victoria. Word of his plan leaked out and a rebellion by Christians and Muslims together brought Mwanga’s brother Kiweewa to the throne.

Martyrs of Uganda
Martyrs of Uganda