Uganda Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo

St. Gyavira Musoke was a Muganda from Busiro county, his father was Semalago but his mother is not known. He was of Lungfish (Mamba) clan –Protopterus.

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

Gyavira was baptized on 26th May 1886 by Charles Lwanga. He was burnt alive in the Namugongo furnace on the Ascension Day, Thursday 3rd June 1886 at the age of 17.

Gyavira is the patron of communication, traffic and travelers.

An artistic illustration of how St. Gyavira Musoke and some other Martyrs were burnt alive

Status: Saint
Age: 17 years
Tribe: Muganda
Place of origin: Busiro
Occupation: Page of Audience Hall
Baptism Date: 26/05/1886
Baptised By: Charles Lwanga
Martyrdom Date: 03/06/1886
Martyrdom Place: Namugongo,
Manner of martyrdom: Burnt to death
Patronages: Communication, Traffic and Travellers
St. Gyaviira, shining example of how to forgive and forget injuries, obtain for us the grace to forgive those who injure us.

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