St Luke Baanabakintu Christmas Specials (Patron for loss of Memory)
St Luke Baanabakintu Christmas Specials (Patron for loss of Memory) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Born at Ntolomwe, a hamlet in Ggomba County, about 1851 or a little later. His father Mukwanga, a direct descendant of Gabunga. Had several wives and thirty children of whom Baanabakintu the eldest. The son of his first wife, Kusuubiza of the Seed clan.
Living as he did, close to Matthias Kalemba and attending in¬structions with him, first at the Protestant and later at the Catholic mission, he developed a great affection for his zealous fellow Christian.
He received the sacrament with Kalemba and two others from Pere Girault on the feast of Pentecost, 28 May 1882.
On arriving at Mityana the messenger had to relate the whole memorized sermon to Mulumba word by word. Who in turn had to revise it and deliver it at Mityana prayer center next Sunday.
Most of the time, it Luke Baanabakintu who being sent to Nalukolongo on account of his sharp memory.
The determination and death of St. Luke Baanabakintu
Before he reached it, he heard the news about the Kabaka’s attack upon Ssebuggwaawo and about the threat to arrest all Christians.
Scorning the opportunity to go into hiding, he continued his journey and gave himself up to his chief and said, ‘There is no need to place us under restraint. We shall not run away, because we would not wish to get you into trouble’.
Luke remained at Mmengo where the group from Munyonyo got him and together led to Namugongo where they burnt alive on the Ascension Thursday, 3rd June 1886.