Denis Ssebuggwawo Wasswa

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Saint Denis Sebugwawo
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Place of Martydom
Martyr
Born 1870
Bulemeezi, Uganda
Died 25 May 1886
Munyonyo, Uganda
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 1920 by Pope Benedict XV
Canonized 18 October 1964 by Pope Paul VI
Major shrine Andrew Kaggwa and Denis Sebugwawo Shrine, Munyonyo
Feast 3 June
Patronage Musicians

St. Denis Ssebuggwawo (Musajja-mukulu) was by tribe a Muganda from Bulemeezi county. His father was Kajansi and mother, Nsonga (Musoga). Ssebuggwawo was from Edible or Cane Rat (Musu) clan - Thryonomys Swinderianus. He was a page of king Muteesa I and a page in personal attendance of Kabaka Mwanga II of Buganda. Ssebuggwawo was baptized on 16 November 1885 by Pere Lourdel (Fr. Mapera). He was tortured and speared by king Mwanga II before handing him over to executioner Mpinga Kaloke on the evening of Tuesday 25 May 1886. On Wednesday morning 26 May 1886, Mpinga ordered his two men; Matembe and Mulyowa to hack the boy of 16 years into pieces. Ssebuggwawo was first beheaded before he was hacked into pieces at Munyonyo. He is remembered as one of the Martyrs of Uganda's feast day.

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