Uganda Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo

St. Achilles Kiwanuka was a Muganda by tribe from Ssingo county. He is from Scaly Ant-Eater or Pangolin (Lugave) clan. His father was Kyazze and mother, Nassaza Talidda of Civet Cat Clan.

He was a page of the audience hall of king Mwanga II.

He was baptised on 16-11-1886 by Pere Lourdel (Mapeera) Achilles was burned alive in the Namugongo furnace on Thursday 3 June 1886 (Ascension Day) at the age of 17.

He is the patron of Clerks, Press, Journalists and Writers.

An artistic illustration of how St. Achilles Kiwanuka and some other Martyrs were burnt alive

Status: Saint
Age: 17 years
Tribe: Muganda
Place of origin: Ssingo
Occupation: Page of audience hall
Baptism Date: 16/11/1886
Baptised By: Pere Lourdel
Martyrdom Date: 03/06/1886
Martyrdom Place: Namugongo,
Manner of martyrdom: Burnt to death
Patronages: Clerks, Press, Journalists and Writers
St. Achilles Kiwanuka, who for the sake of Christ detested vain superstitious practices; obtain for us holy hatred of superstitious practices.

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