Oil Dedicated to St Charles Lwanga 3 (Patron for Youth Action)
St Charles Lwanga 3 (Patron for Youth Action) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Charles Lwanga is one of the most revered saints in the Catholic Church, particularly within Africa, where he was born and lived. He is also known as the patron saint of African youth, Catholic action, and torture victims. Here’s a brief overview of his life and impact:
Born in the Kingdom of Buganda (now part of Uganda) in the mid-19th century, Charles Lwanga was a page in the court of King Mwanga II. During his time at court, he covertly protected his fellow pages from the king’s violent sexual advances. Lwanga himself converted and baptized by Catholic missionaries in 1885, and he took up the task of instructing others in the Christian faith.
In 1886, King Mwanga II, who was suspicious of the growing influence of Christianity and felt it was a threat to his power, ordered the execution of all Christians in his court. Lwanga among the 22 Ugandan martyrs who burned alive on June 3, 1886. These martyrs later became the first African saints to canonized by the Catholic Church, in 1964.
The courage, steadfast faith, and protective action of St. Charles Lwanga have made him an inspiring figure, particularly for the youth. His witness has led to him considered a patron saint for young people, especially those involved in Catholic action and youth movements. The commemoration of the Ugandan Martyrs on June 3rd is a significant event, particularly in Uganda and the surrounding region.
However, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021. Specific information about St. Charles Lwanga named as a Patron for “Youth Action” is not available. Titles like this can often chosen by specific organizations or communities. To reflect the role that a saint’s example plays in their work or mission. St. Charles Lwanga would certainly be a fitting patron for youth actio. Given his life of courage, faith, and protection of others.