Iam not a fraid. In all this, I see the hand of God. St. Janani’s words to the Bishops, as he was being taken a way from them.
Born in 1924 in Mucwini, to Naume Abalo and Eliya Awiokori Okello, St Janani hails from the Chua clan (and Pajong sub-clan) of the central Lwo people of the Nile Valley. Although he hailed from an ordinary peasant family, in the periphery of colonial Uganda, St Luwum would become a great shepherd for God’s flock a cross a big swathe of the Nile Valley and Great Lakes Region- as the Archbishop of the ecclesiastical province covering Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga- Zaire (Eastern DRC).
His passion for proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. His deep and abiding faith. Through thick and thin, his clear, unflinching prophetic voice for human rights and social justice. His quiet, steely courage and confidence in the face of everything ominous threats, mortal danger, and, ultimately, martyrdom. He never wavered. He seemed to draw from a deep inner well of tranquility. He remained calmly confident and faithful- unto death.
The life and testimony of St Janani could not be more pertinent and powerful for contemporary Uganda, for Africa and the world. He provides a radical counterpoint to what is ‘celebrated’ all around us today. In him we have an authentic hero, a giant in so many respects. This makes St Janani all the more remarkable and compelling as a role model, whose example should both greatly inspire and greatly challenge us, in equal measure.