Collaborations with Saint Thomas Church and Southigton Catholic, Southington, CT
Through the generosity of the parishioners of Saint Thomas Chuch and the leadership of Fr. Nicholas Melo, the Katarara Catholic Center located in Cyanika, Uganda, is now a 'sister parish' of Saint Thomas in Southington, Connecticut. Father Nicholas Melo visited Kisoro in June 2014. Please check out a video of Fr. Nick's experience in Kisoro at the following address:
Father John Vianney Mbonigaba of St. Peter's Parish, Kisoro, Uganda, was invited to Southington, CT, USA in October 2015 to participate in parish life in Southington and to more firmly cement the relationship. A fundraiser was held in October 2015 with the community of Southington to raise funds to promote expansion of the health center in Cyanika and other social programs and development. Through the generosity of St. Thomas parish, funds were raised to initiate construction on a new maternity/birthing center and staff housing in Cyanika.
Father John Vianney Kamari of Mutolere Parish in Kisoro, Uganda, visited St. Thomas parish in Spring 2017. A second successful fundraiser was held to support ongoing expansion at the CNF Level-2 Health Center in Cyanika.
Based on these activities, the grand opening for the newly-expanded CNF Level-3 Health Center was held in July 2018.