There was sombre mood at Our Lady of Lourdes, Namilyango Parish in Lugazi Diocese where hundreds gathered to bid farewell to Rev Sr Mary Theresa Kabananura, the former head teacher Namilyango Junior Boys School and St. Agnes Naggalama , who died on Sunday, December 10th in Nairobi.
In her eulogy, Sr Immaculate Nabukalu, the current head teacher of Namilyango Junior Boys School, started by thanking God for the gift he gave them in Sr. Kabananura.
“Sr. Kabananura had been a very loving, committed, focused and hardworking sister,” Sr Nabukalu said.
She said her first encounter with Sr. Kabananura was in Stella Maris Community where the late served as a deputy head teacher and Sr Nabukalu was a teacher.
Sr Nabukalu said she learnt a lot from her during their time.
“As a congregation, sister has been very special and instrumental in spearheading a number of developments within the Institute. We thanked her when she was alive and we continue to thank her as she lies in state now,” she said.
“As for Namilyango Junior Boys School what she did is uncountable. She touched many lives and it is evident in your presence here today. She worked at NJBS for 13 years and in that period she transformed the school; tarmacking Seeta-Namilyango Road, buying a school bus, putting up structures, buying instruments for the band and so many others.
On this note I would like to thank all the OBs for mobilizing yourselves to come,” she said.
“Thanks for loving the Little Sisters of St Francis, every year the OBs have a tradition of going to visit the retired sisters on Women’s Day to appreciate the services given at Namilyango Junior Boys School. Special thanks to the band who came together yesterday to prepare for this send off. They have played the band which was bought and introduced to NJBs by Sr. Theresa Kabananura Thank you, and continue developing your skills,” she said.
The head teacher explained that Sr. Kabananura got sick and was first admitted to Naggalama Hospital and discharged. The condition didn’t stabilize and she was referred to Nsambya Hospital.
The doctors in Nsambya identified a complication in the aorta (the artery that takes oxygenated blood to the different parts of the body). She was then referred to Aga Khan Hospital for surgery as an emergency.
“The surgery was done and was successful. But then she developed complications had multiple organ failure when still in intensive care unit and God called her. May her soul rest in peace,” Sr Nabukalu explained.
She was grateful to the doctors, nurses and all the staff of various hospitals where sister was treated both in Uganda and in Kenya.
“Special thanks go to Sr. Stella Josephine and Allen Kobusinguzi who were courageous and very supportive at the critical moment when they were not sure whether sister would make it to Entebbe airport to be flown to Nairobi. The two have were attending to sister up to the time of her last breath,” she said.
The head teacher was also thankful to the family members of sister for standing as one with them been in the whole journey financially and emotionally. In a special away she thanked Gaston Birusya and Kyomukama Donatus who have been the liaison members between the family and the Institute.
In the process of transferring sister as an emergency the family contributed 12 million Ugx on top of all the other charitable activities
The head teacher also thanked the Little Sisters for loving their member, Sr Kabananura.
“Their sisters in Kenya organized an ambulance to pick her to from Jomo Kenyata International Airport to Agha Khan and the Kasarani hospital Ambulance was available all the time it was needed . The Regional Superior East of the Rift valley Region has was with them all through,” she said.
In his words, the Chairperson School Management Committee, Martin Kisige Tibalira, also hailed the late for her tireless works she did for both the school and the community of Namilyango. Special mention was the Mother Kevin Multipurpose Hall that UNEB now uses as a marking centre.
The parish priest in his message thanked the Mother Superior together with the headteacher Sr Nabukalu for allowing the body of Sr Kabananura to be brought to Namilyango Parish a place she served with one heart.
“In my first days after being transferred to Namilyango Parish I was informed that every Thursdays the sister have mass at the covent, on that day I indeed went there to go and celebrate mass for them; to my shock after mass the head teacher welcomed me and challenged me on what plans I had for the parish,” he eulogised.
“I involved her in most of activities and indeed she was instrumental in starting two associations that brought together the head teachers and the community together in both Namilyango and greater Namilyango for this we shall be very grateful,” the parish priest said.
From Namilyango, the deceased was transferred to St Agnes Nagalama where she built a three-storeyed staff quarters, did several renovations and bought for them a school bus.
Sister Kabananura will be laid to rest today in Nkokonjeru.
She was born in 1959 in Ntungamo District.