St. Gonzaga Gonza

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  • 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.

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