The mission was officially established on August 1, 2001, when the first Polish friars came to Uganda. The missionaries began working in the city of Kakooge which belongs to Kasana-Luweero dioceses. Prior to finishing construction of their own friary and the parish church, the Polish missionaries were hosted by the Brothers of Christian Instruction.
St. Jude Parish Church in Kakooge was consecrated on December 7, 2002, and the friary was finished on March 25, 2003. Four years later, the friars started building a Franciscan Health Center for the local community. The primary school in Kakooge has been operating since the beginning of the mission, and recently, a new vocational school, St. John Paul Technical Institute was opened.
The friars also serve 14 sub-parishes which are in extremely poor areas and villages around Kakooge. In addition to their pastoral, sacramental, and catechetical duties, the friars work on many projects that benefit local communities such as school sponsoring programs for children and youth, drilling water wells, planting fruit trees and forests. Our latest project is developing an eco-farming program in the Technical Institute.
Eucharist at St. Jude Church Kakooge:
MON-SAT: 7 am (Luganda)
SUNDAY: 7 am (English), 9 am (Luganda)