The Grail in Uganda started in 1953 at the invitation of Archbishop Cabana of Lubaga and Bishop Joseph Kiwanuka of Masaka. The two showed interest in having a lay movement like the Grail having met Grail members in Holland. Bishop Kiwanuka wanted the Grail to start a secondary school for girls, while Archbishop Cabana offered the Grail the responsibility of Lubaga hospital. The girls’ school was started and it is “Christ the King Kalisizo” currently run by the Daughters of Mary sisters. The Grail also played a major role in helping African women understand their role in the church and to take responsibility in developing their society which the Grail does to date.  From the beginning emphasis was put on health, education and social services. All these are still upheld with many other additional activities in the apostolate and transformation of the world for Christ.

The Grail and Healthcare

The Grail provides primary health care and health promotion in a number of places. Grail members are active in Lubaga hospital; the Grail runs and offers services in Nakasojjo health unit in Masaka and Mushanga health unit in Sheema district.

In both Masaka and Mushanga areas the Grail provides leadership for Community Based Health Care. The Grail has also established counselling services, and women’s groups for mutual support and income generation- as part of the HIV/AIDS programme. Immunization programmes are also provided.

The Grail and Education

The Grail presently provides leadership and staff in each of the following:

  • Uganda Catholic Social Training Centre - Lubaga
  • Ggulama Social Training Centre—Masaka
  • St. Charles Lwanga Primary School – Kishabya

The first two provide development training and as such make a great contribution to overcoming poverty in Uganda and beyond.

St. Charles Lwanga forms and moulds young ones into responsible adults.

Informal education programs include the behaviour change and religious education programs offered in Masaka, Mushanga and Kishabya for children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Grail and Sustainable Agriculture

Each Grail Centre is committed to its own sustainable agricultural projects. In this way the centres produce enough food for themselves and some for cash income. Such projects include:

  • Zero grazing
  • Poultry rearing
  • Piggery
  • Vegetable and fruit growing

All the Grail centres have implemented one or more renewable energy projects for example solar energy for lighting and biogas from animal by products for cooking.

Community education and training in sustainable agriculture is provided at all Grail centres. Permaculture gardens at the Grail centres are demonstration models for community training. In addition some Grail centres support their community through other cash projects not based on agriculture such as wine making.

The Grail and Spiritual search

The Grail in Uganda is made up of Catholic women, all of whom are active members in their local Catholic Church communities. Members commit to regular individual prayer and Eucharist, Community prayer and liturgy is always a focus of Grail gatherings. The Grail in Uganda traditionally celebrates especially the feasts of Holy Thursday, Uganda Martyrs, Pentecost and All Saints Day.

The spiritual formation of Grail members is very important and all members are involved in ongoing spiritual formation throughout their lives.

Opportunities for group prayer and formation are made available through reflection days, retreats and formation workshops. Individual members are offered longer formation experiences from time to time.

Website: Grail Uganda

Email grailuganda at ymail dot com

Lubaga Grail Centre
P.O.Box 14009,
Tel: +256414273293/+256704898742

Kitovu Grail Centre
P.O.Box 432,
Tel: +256772894220/ +256782403470

Mushanga Grail Centre
P.O.Box 62,
Tel:  +256772511355/ +256701313293

St. Michael Kishabya Grail Centre
P.O.Box 62,
Tel: +256704868656


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