Bugala Study Centre
Don’t let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail! (Saint Josemaría)
Don’t let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail! (Saint Josemaría)
Bugala is a centre of human and spiritual formation for male students and professionals . It is an undertaking of Kelim Foundation, a local NGO established in 2011 that promotes character development.
The centre helps students discover how best they can benefit from their stay in school and University. The spiritual activities in Bugala are entrusted to Opus Dei a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.
Bugala is a centre of human and spiritual formation for men(students and professionals). It is an undertaking of Kelim Foundation, a local NGO established in 2011 that promotes character development through training and education. The goal is to form competent students and professionals. Bugala is located in Nakasero, a quiet suburb of Kampala, about 15 minutes walk from Makerere University and less than 5 minutes drive from the city centre. The activities of formation organized in the centre are aimed at cultivating virtue.
The centre helps students discover how best they can benefit from their stay in school and University. The spiritual activities in Bugala are entrusted to Opus Dei a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church. The message of Opus Dei is that all are called to holiness through their work done for God and at the service of society.
Bugala was opened in 1996 by a group of professionals from different parts of the world to offer formation to students and young professionals to help them be loyal,hard-working and God fearing Citizens. It was first located on Makerere Hill Road until 2003 when the centre moved to its current location on Plot 2 Kyadondo Road, Nakasero that provided a more spacious environment suited to it's activities. As early as 1996, Bugala organized the first work camp that was held in Masaka district. The camp brought together students from Ireland, Kenya and Uganda. Since then Bugala has organized many activities that have enabled many to discover a deeper meaning in their lives, including an annual work camp to bring students from different backgrounds at the service of the most needy in our society.
Message Work, family life, and other ordinary activities are occasions for spiritual union with Jesus Christ.
"It is in the midst of the most material things of the earth that we must sanctify ourselves, serving God and all mankind." (Saint Josemaría)
Bugala and Opus Dei
Bugala Study Centre promotes personal and professional excellence among university students and professionals.
Education in religious values is provided in Bugala by Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church. Opus Dei’s purpose is to help people find God in their everyday lives of work, family, and social relations.
The following are some of the main features of the spirit of Opus Dei:
Divine filiation. “Divine filiation is the foundation of the spirit of Opus Dei,” said its founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá. The Christian is a child of God by virtue of baptism. Thus the formation provided by the Prelature seeks to foster among the Christian faithful a deep awareness of their being children of God, and helps them act accordingly. It fosters confidence in divine providence, simplicity in their dialogue with God, a deep awareness of the dignity of each human being and of the need for fraternity among all people, a truly Christian love for the world and for all human realities created by God, and a sense of calm and optimism.
Ordinary life. “It is in the midst of the most material things of the earth that we must sanctify ourselves, serving God and all mankind,” said St. Josemaría. The family, marriage, work – all of our activities – are opportunities for dealing with and imitating Jesus Christ, trying to practice charity, patience, humility, diligence, integrity, cheerfulness and all the other human and Christian virtues.
Sanctifying work. Sanctifying work means to work with the spirit of Jesus Christ, to work competently and ethically, with the aim of loving God and serving others, and thus to sanctify the world from within, making the Gospel present in all activities whether they be outstanding or humble and hidden. In the eyes of God what matters is the love that is put into work, not its human success.
Prayer and sacrifice. The formation given by Opus Dei encourages prayer and sacrifice in order to sustain the effort to sanctify one’s ordinary occupations. Thus members strive to incorporate into their lives certain practices of Christian piety, such as prayer, daily Mass, sacramental confession, and reading and meditating on the Gospel. Devotion to Our Lady occupies an important place in their hearts. Also, to imitate Jesus Christ, they try to acquire a spirit of penance offering sacrifices, particularly those that help them fulfill their duties faithfully and make life more pleasant for others, things like renouncing small pleasures, fasting, almsgiving, etc.
Unity of life. St Josemaría explained that Christians working in the world should not live “a kind of double life. On the one hand, an interior life, a life of union with God; and on the other, a separate and distinct professional, social and family life.” On the contrary: “There is just one life, made of flesh and spirit. And it is this life which has to become, in both soul and body, holy and filled with God.”
Freedom. The members of Opus Dei are ordinary citizens who enjoy the same rights and are subject to the same obligations as any other citizen. In their professional, family, political, financial or cultural activities, they act with freedom and personal responsibility, not involving the Church or Opus Dei in their decisions, nor presenting those decisions as the only Catholic solutions. This implies respecting the freedom and the opinions of others.
Charity. To meet Christ is to find a treasure that one cannot stop sharing. Christians are witnesses to Jesus Christ and spread his message of hope among their companions, with their example and their words. “Side by side with our colleagues, friends and relatives and sharing their interests, we can help them come closer to Christ,” wrote St. Josemaría. The wish to make others know Christ, which is a direct consequence of charity (that is, the love of God above all things and of one’s neighbour as oneself), cannot be separated from the desire to contribute to finding solutions to the material needs and social problems of one’s surroundings.
For more information about Opus Dei, please visit http://opusdei.or.ke/en-ke/
Every first Saturday of the month we go to homes, hospitals and charity foundations to visit the poor and sick.
Visits to the Poor and Sick
As part of society, we are concerned and care for people around us. We share in their concerns and sorrows; this brings a smile to their faces because they realise that they are not alone and other people make an effort to visit, listen and pray for them.
“Children. The Sick. As you write these words, don’t you feel tempted to use capitals? The reason is that in children and in the sick a soul in love sees Him”
Saint Josemaria, The Way - 419.
Bugala Medical Forum(BMF) is a platform that brings together students in medicine-related courses with an aim of learning and growing in professionalism. Through different activities; presentations, documentaries, get togethers, talks, sports, quizzes, cineforum, excursions, medical camps, visits to the sick, BMF forms a platform for both learning and exploring new avenues. The students get to know each other by interacting and participating in the different activities; this becomes a good avenue for mentorship. Ultimately the forum is meant for the spiritual and professional formation of the individuals participating in its activities.