My life at Kitabi Seminary-we miss you our Alma Mater

With no fear or favor I must state it that I miss Our Motherland (alma matre) Kitabi Seminary. Just writing this article as a way of conveying my appreciation to the Kitabi Community- Priests, Teachers, Non-Teaching staff(cooks, nightwathmen +many) together with all the well wishers of the place, please your kind service has helped many as my case could be.




Kitabi seminary logo.
NOS…(cf. 2Cor 5:14).

This gives me a great joy to dedicate this page to my Alma Mater, Kitabi Seminary todate. In this way I can express my gratitude for the opportunity to make even a small contribution to the promotion of the fraternity among the old boys who passed through the doorsteps of the great “Red Castle” in the course of all those years since 1935 todate.

Briefly if one looks at the history of the place as it was casted here
What used to be a forest is
now well trimmed landscape
hosting seemingly old but
stylish brownish school
administration block, chapel,
classrooms and dormitory
structures built over 70 years
ago. Playgrounds and courts of
outdoor games stretching for
about 300 metres from the gate
to the administration block
greet every visitor, evidence
that the seminary caters for
students beyond the academic
and spiritual needs.
The institution was built
following a creation of
Ruwenzori Vicariate (Diocese)
in 1934.The new Vicar
Apostolic Rt. Rev Msgr Francis
Xavier Lacoursiere chose
Kitabi Mission as the place for
the new seminary, a training
school for future priests who
would perform sacred
ministries in the new vicariate.
Work starts
Rev Lacoursiere commissioned
Rev. Pere Nadon and Rev Pere
Frilley to start the task of
building the school. They
recruited seminarians from the
vicariate which covered
western Uganda sub regions of
Bunyoro, Tooro, Ankole and
It opened on February 15, 1935
at Kitabi Mission-parish now
(about kilometer from the
current school campus) with
22 seminarians who had
passed class IV-the top class of
the Primary School at that
The successful applicants into
the seminary needed to have
passed well class IV
examinations in the subjects
taught at that level which were
Arithmetic, History, Religion,
geography, Hygiene, Swahili,
Agriculture and Nature study.
The founders then thought it
was necessary to make
seminary independent of the
Mission and they set out to
look for a place to
accommodate such an
institution with enough land
for cultivation, required
buildings and spacious enough
for play grounds and
accommodate future
The suitable land was found at
Rushaarira hill. It was near the
road, not far from Kitabi
Mission, spacious and with a
river near it. The place was
however not inhabited by
people because it was thought
to be inhabited by evil spirits.
“When the mission came
looking for land people
around said go to Rushaarira
well knowing that it was not
habitable because of evil
spirits,” says Fr. Dido
Nshekanimanya, the Rector.
He says the place was
frequently hit by thunder and
lightning. The priests went
ahead with the idea of going to
settle in this place feared by
others. Complex buildings
were established and in 1938
the seminary shifted from
Kitabi Mission to Rushaarira
Changing name
But because the name
Rushaarira sounded
unpleasant and was associated
with bad omen, they changed
it into Bwera and chose St
Francis Xavier for its patron.
Fr. Nshekanimanya says that
in the early days of the
seminary establishment at
Rushaarira Brother Simon was
hurt by lightening, giving
credence to the belief that
there were spirits.
In order to avert future
catastrophes, a procession was
organized with litanies and
prayers. It was renamed St
Francis Xavier’s Seminary,
Bwera marking the end of ugly
incidences on the hill.
Fr. Nshekanimanya says that
the junior seminary of those
days had the same curriculum
as the junior secondary
schools except that in addition,
seminarians were taught Latin
and had stress on religion,
which was not only taught but
also practiced and lived.

Kitabi Seminary: Founded on a
hill that many local believed was
haunted by evil spirits, Kitabi Seminary
has stood the taste of time producing
at least nine Bishops and hundreds,
possibly thousands of other priests for
the catholic church as well as many
other who sought to pursue different
professions with the strong religious
foundation and strict discipline that
has led them to success.

Finally , I send my sincere appreciation to the Kitabi Seminary Old Boys Association KISOBA group for the great work done in uniting, supporting and helping the old boys into the world of greatness, creating jobs for them, and supporting them spiritually. For nowhere else one will ever find such astounding love like the one shown at KISOBA. click to
Finally when I remember the seminary song birds rhyming The Alma Mater Anthem. Oh Lord, I Miss KITABI!
It was all like this
1.Oh Kitabi, Our Seminary,
We Live in you, the Chosen few.
We are the messengers of peace.
Caritas Christi urget nos.
We pray, study and Play.
We work for progress.
Long live Kitabi.
2.We build for today and tomorrow.
Now God bless your servants here,
With Healthy bodies, and minds and soul.
Caritas Christi Urget Nos.
3.We are the instruments of peace.
Let the beam of God’s blessings,
Be upon us forever and ever.

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7 thoughts on “My life at Kitabi Seminary-we miss you our Alma Mater

  1. livelaughhlovee5 says:

    That is really generous of you that you helped these boys with a job! Not many people would do that.

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    • BOSH says:

      It’s a nice place indeed!
      The Slogan has always “Many are called but a few are chosen


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