People of many faiths came together to celebrate Fr Kakuba's 40 years as a priest. A joyous mass was followed by a very happy party - and a truly magnificent cake. A fitting tribute to a man whose dedication and inspiration has transformed the lives of the people of Kanyike over the past 30 years.
Sister Joan was there to celebrate this major anniversary and writes ‘in Fr. Kakuba’s life there is always room for others, most especially those who are in need. His actions and way of living attracts others to join him in his efforts to help others. All who help the people of Kanyike Project have shared generously of the goods with which they have been blessed and encouraged others to do the same. Each time I visit I am able to see the effect and influence Fr. Kakuba has on the people and how he encourages them to appreciate how the help given over the years has made such a difference to their life’.
Pope Francis’s words in the Apostolic Letter ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ speak of today's consumer-driven world and highlight in comparison how the ethos of the Kanyike Project is so special.
The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.
God’s voice is certainly heard in Kanyike.