The Bannakaroli Brothers aim to provide high-quality education to youth from low-income families so that they may possess the appropriate values and the requisite skills for taking on leadership roles in our society. Through the committed service of our Brothers and our co-workers we are able to offer this high-powered education at a reasonable cost, which is still unfortunately often outside the reach of the people we most wish to serve.
With only 560 brothers, the Bannakaroli have founded and sustained 3 different kinds of schools and orphanges:
21 primary schools (18,900 students)
10 vocational schools (3,000 students)
2 orphanages (1,800 children)
7 high schools (5,600 students)
The mission of the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga (Bannakaroli Brothers) is the consecration of our lives to the service of others, especially the poor and disadvantaged, through education. We embrace this mission to improve the overall quality of life in our country.
Founded in 1927, the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga (Bannakaroli Brothers) are the first indigenous religious order of Catholic men in Africa. The Brothers currently have their headquarters in Kiteredde, Ugana.
The Bannakaroli Brothers stand in the shadow of the 22 Ugandan martyrs who gave their lives for the faith during the religious persecution that took place in Uganda between 1885 and 1887. The name of the congregation indicates their origin: "Banna" means "those belonging to" and "Karoli" means "Charles," the Christian name given to Lwanga, who became the principal leader of the martyrs. More information on his life and works can be found here.
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