Uganda Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo

St. Luke Baanabakintu a Muganda by tribe from Ggomba county. His father was Mukwanga and mother Kusuubiza of Seed Clan. Baanabakintu was of Lungfish (Mamba) clan –Protopterus.

He was a servant of Mukwenda, county chief of Ssingo and supervised the chief’s fisheries on Lake Wamala.

He was baptized on 28th May 1882 by Pere Girault. He was burnt alive in the Namugongo furnace on the Ascension Day, Thursday 3rd June 1886 at the age of between 30 and 35.

Baanabakintu is the patron of sailors, fishermen, merchants, students and blacksmiths.

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

Status: Saint
Age: 30 - 35 years
Tribe: Muganda
Place of origin: Gomba
Occupation: Official under the county chief of Ssingo
Baptism Date: 28/05/1882
Baptised By: Pere Giraud
Martyrdom Date: 03/06/1886
Martyrdom Place: Namugongo,
Manner of martyrdom: Burnt to death
Virtues: Chastity
Patronages: Sailers, Fishermen, Merchants, Students, Blacksmiths
St. Luke Baanabakintu, who ardently desired to imitate the suffering Christ by Martyrdom; obtain for us a love of our motherland.

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