The joy and excitement of the St. Kizito students were evident when Father Dunson began his visit celebrating mass when he visited Africa in August 2016. Over two hundred students and their families gathered at Saint Monica’s school in Gulu to celebrate the liturgy and to share a picnic lunch prepared by the Sisters who reside at Saint Monica.
Roman Catholics celebrate mass the same everywhere in the world. However, the liturgy incorporates the cultural vitality of the African culture with exuberant singing and dancing. The dancing takes place at the offertory and gospel processions.
After mass, Fr. and the St. Kizito family enjoyed a picnic lunch followed by swimming in Lake Victoria and playing games. Fr. brought with him six soccer balls as prizes for games. The children gathered in a circle, passing the ball from person to person while singing the beautiful National Anthem. At the last note, the person holding the ball became its new owner. All of the children were extremely happy to participate—and six were extra delighted at becoming an owner of their very own soccer ball! Soccer is referred to as “football” in Uganda as it is in most places worldwide. It is a very popular sport for the children of Uganda to play and watch.
This post is a small snippet of the experiences of Fr. Dunson when he visited the St. Kizito students in Uganda in the summer of 2016. By sharing some of the stories of his experiences, we hope to help our Foundation’s supporters see into the simply beautiful world and the people at the heart of our mission.