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Charles Irumba
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Uganda
DOB: 02/27/1996
Male
Good Health
Favorite Subject: Other
Favorite Pastime: Reading

My name is Br. Charles Irumba. I am 26 years old. I am from Nyaburara village in western Uganda. My home village is located in the foothills of Mount Rwenzori which is one of the biggest mountains in East Africa.

I was born into a Catholic peasant family, and my parents always struggled to raise money for my school tuition by planting cassava, Irish potatoes, and bananas. My dad, Rwabulaya Severino Bukombi, sadly died when I was 16 years old. After his death, my family experienced a financial crisis. I was supposed to join the Advanced level of education (form 5-6), but this became impossible, and I had to go a full year without studying. Through digging, my Mum, Kyakimwa Magdalene and I managed to raise some money and I was able to go back to school. I completed my Form six studies which enabled me to join the Capuchin Franciscan order with the aim of becoming a priest.

When I was a child, my dad used to attend priestly ordinations with me at my home parish. This made me realize I had a vocation. The first day I witnessed ordination, I enjoyed the time of the litany. I felt like all the saints had come down to intercede for the ordinands. After the ordination, I told my dad that I would like to become a priest when I grew up. Both my dad and mum were supportive of me and encouraged me to lead prayers at home. I also I joined our local Catholic church choir and found a talent for drumming which I have maintained up to now.

All these experiences made me desire to become Capuchin Franciscan priest. I came to know the Capuchin Order through the vocations director who came to visit our secondary school. He told us about the Franciscan life and I felt the interest to join the Capuchins in Uganda. I also chose the Capuchins because I had read about St. Padre Pio and I felt drawn to his spirituality. It made me wish to join the congregation he belonged to. I am still devoted to St Padre Pio.

My interests and talents include singing, music and working out! I normally sing in my free time because I enjoy it and I even train church music choirs including our seminary choir. I have also begun composing and writing church music, and I enjoy playing the organ or piano in my free time. To remain physically fit, I also use our indoor gym at the seminary frequently and this has helped me to avoid falling sick regularly since it boosts my immunity.

Currently, I am in my third year of philosophy at Tangaza Catholic University in Nairobi. I am being supported by the Capuchins in Uganda. I humbly ask for your assistance because I will be starting my Theological studies in Uganda next year. I pray that I may be assisted such that I may be able to fulfill my dream of becoming a Catholic priest.

About my community:
St. Anthony of Padua (Fort Portal)
In the Diocese of Fort Portal, CARITAS helps to sponsor Capuchin Franciscan seminarians during their priestly formation. The patron Saint for this community is St. Anthony of Padua, and we pray for his intercession so that these young men excel in their studies and also become holy priests, spreading the Gospel wherever they are assigned after ordination.
About my country:
Uganda
Known as the "Pearl of Africa," Uganda is located on the shores of Lake Victoria in the Great Lakes region of East Africa. Since emerging from decades of civil war and the devastation of AIDs, estimates indicate that 48% of Uganda's population is below the age of 15. Young children suffer disproportionately in the struggle to access healthcare, education, and clean water.

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  • Local Transportation
  • Living and Food Expenses
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