Eucharistic adoration leading to booming vocations in Uganda
Nuns from two two separate contemplative orders in Arua, on Uganda’s north-west border, describe how over the last five years increasing numbers of lay people have been joining the Sisters for adoration. Sister Consolate Shirima, of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, said that the number of visitors to the chapel throughout the day has led the order to appoint a Sister to look after the laity coming to adoration.
Holy Trinity Monastery, where the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are based, has now become too small to house the increasing number of nuns. Sr. Shirima said, “Still the number is growing, but because of the lack of rooms we have to turn people away, so we are looking to extend the monastery.”
Aid to the Church in Need will be helping with a grant of just over $7,000, enabling the Sisters to extend their small monastery and allow new-comers to join the community including 12 professed nuns and one novice. The modest size of the community is considered enormous in Africa where contemplative orders are generally very small most are joining active apostolates instead.
According to the nun, one reason people come is they are seeking solace in prayer because of the difficulties and poverty in the local area. She said, “When you have problems you are easily drawn to God through adoration, some of them get consolations, even though these may be small.”