Born and raised in Uganda, I left law school to discern a call to monastic life in 2001. I joined Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Richmond, Virginia which operates a boys’ military high school. I professed monastic vows in 2003 and was ordained a priest in 2012.
Since becoming a monk, I have been privileged to serve in various ministries: vocation promotion, formation, teaching high school, chaplaincy for high school, hospitals, and local convents, as well as pastoral ministry in the Diocese. I currently serve as the Prior of the monastery.
Growing up in a family of seven children, family became an important value in my life. It is the family element of the Benedictines, besides the balance between prayer and work, which I have come to treasure so much. It was in this staunch Catholic family that the seeds of my vocation were sown. The environment and religious atmosphere my parents cultivated around the home shaped the path I was to choose later in life. Daily family prayers and Rosary, Sunday Mass, volunteering at church were big traditions in my family. The rough life of poverty reinforced in me a work ethic and resilience that have later become an instrumental force fueling my passion and dedication to service and hard work.
When I was young, I had no idea I would be spending my lifetime at a monastery in a distant land. However, my only conviction early in life was that I felt a strong calling to do something special in the world for God. Since childhood my deepest desire was to become a priest. As I became familiar with different modes of priesthood, I developed an attraction to religious life and missionary service – to bring the Good News of the Kingdom to people of all nations. All I know is that I really dreamt big about my life. Being a priest was not the only thing that fascinated me; if religious life was not to work out, I also had a love for law and science. So, my dream encompassed three things: becoming a priest, or a lawyer, or an engineer.
I have been blessed to pursue various academic disciplines. While at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, I studied Philosophy and Computer Science. During seminary at Saint Vincent in Pennsylvania, I was awarded an S.T.B and M.A (Monastic History) degrees. I also attended courses on Leadership in Rome and on Migration in Germany. Currently, I am studying canon law at the Catholic University of America and also taking courses in immigration law.
I enjoy reading and learning. I love spending time with brother monks, watching movies, and the outdoors. I am passionate about helping people in need and am involved with a ministry for orphans in Uganda. The school I founded in my village now serves over 400 children from kindergarten to high school.
I am looking forward to sharing my experience and praying with others discerning a call to religious life.