Uganda Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo

St. Gonzaga Gonza was a Musoga from Bulamoogi county. His parents are not known, though it is said in various writings that he belonged to Lion (Mpologoma) clan.

He was a page of the private courts under Muteesa I and a page of the audience hall under Mwanga II.

Gonza was baptized on 16th November 1885 by Pere Lourdel. On his way to Namugongo for execution with fellow Christians, Gonza who had bleeding legs due to chains stuck into his flesh collapsed at Lubaawo, about 4 miles to Namugongo. At this spot, because he could not move any more, Mukaajanga, the chief executioner speared him to death. It was on Thursday 27th May 1886. Gonza died at the age of about 24.

He is the patron of the prisoners and afflicted.

Monument built where Gonzaga was speared to death

Status: Saint
Age: about 24 years
Tribe: Musoga
Place of origin: Bulamogi
Occupation: Page in private courts and audience hall
Baptism Date: 16/11/1885
Baptised By: Pere Lourdel
Martyrdom Date: 27/05/1886
Martyrdom Place: Lubawo,
Manner of martyrdom: Speared and beheaded
Patronages: Prisoners and the Afflicted
St. Gonzaga Gonza, full of sympathy for prisoners, and all who were in trouble; obtain for us the spirit of mercy.

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