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Thomas Birungi
Sponsor Me For:
Uganda
DOB: 03/10/1993
Male
Good Health
Favorite Subject: Theology
Favorite Pastime: Soccer

My name is Thomas Birungi. I am the second of four children to my parents Mugisa Laurence and Asiimwe Margret, who are peasants depending for their livelihood on small scale farming. I attended St Charles Lwanga Nyansozi Primary School where I participated in choir, boy scouts, volleyball, and basketball. I did well in school, and was on honor roll and received an academic achievement award. Attending a Catholic school helped me to grow academically, in my faith, and as a person, giving me high moral standards.

 

After my advanced level of education, I felt drawn to join the seminary to serve the Lord as a priest or a religious. My dream could not be achieved due to the diocesan major seminary requiring candidates to have studied at the minor seminary first. I thank God for bringing one of the Capuchin brothers to our region for his ordination, after which I became connected to Capuchins, giving me a chance at last to join the religious life. 

 

When I informed my parents about my resolve to join the Capuchins, my mother was very happy but as a peasant farmer she had no money to pay the required fees for me to join. In addition my father was still trying to educate my younger siblings. Thankfully the good Christians in our local church where I used to pray and do some work bought me some little things and gave me transport to join the Capuchin formation. 

 

Through studying at Tangaza University College I have learned much of the Catholic faith during my philosophical studies. This wisdom from the university program has helped me much in my holidays, because I have volunteered at my local church during vacation time. My favorite volunteer experience has been helping out with vacation Bible school. Through this I have been able to help kids grow in their faith. I love these opportunities because they have allowed me to be a positive role model for kids.  

 

I have now managed to finish my philosophical studies at Tangaza University College and am hoping to move on to the next level of formation. It makes me sad when I look back at the struggles my family faces at home which are nearly too much to make ends meet. I continue to trust in the Lord that He can provide all the resources necessary for this formation and for my studies so that I can achieve my goal of serving the people of God as a religious!

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.

Your Sponsorship Provides: 

  • All University Tuition and Fees
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Living and Food Expenses
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