In Kampala Archdiocese
In an era littered with a lot of challenges, and especially those that directly affect young people, the Archdiocesan youth have come out as a strong force to combat these challenges. These revolve around the effects of modernity, notably technology, which has had a significant impact on the spirituality of the youth. At the same time, the youth are being manipulated by politicians, trapped in violence, drugs, sexual immorality and are confused by the media; they are more hurt, more abused and lonelier than before; mass media has taken up the voice of the Church, of parents, schools and of the neighbours; many youths suffer from depression, poor self-image; many are infected by venereal diseases, while others are suffering from addiction to drugs, pornography and unemployment.
Parents are too busy and have ignored their parental duties, leaving the young people’s faith in crisis. This has left the youth to fend for themselves, at a point in their lives when they most need direction. This is very sad indeed, but not without a solution. We would like to commend His Grace, the Archbishop, for his unceasing support, loving guidance, clear vision and direction. These attributes have been the foundation of hope on which the youth have emerged with transformative approaches to deal with the above challenges and in evangelization.
As part of this Ministry, His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, officially opened an Adoration chapel at the YES Centre in Nsambya on the 12th of March 2017, and declared the Centre a Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy has since become a strong convergence point where the youth regularly meet to share ideas, and encourage each other in their walk of faith, to pray and worship and to build skill and talent. Some of the positive outcomes from this Centre have been the creation of a music school, the development of a volley ball court, and a few other economic activities in the pipeline.