Health Ministry

“May they have life to the full”. John:

Health ministry is as old as the congregation itself. Since we are guided by the spirit of motherhood, each Munnabikira Sister must have a basic knowledge of health care.

For this reason the founder instructed his new founded sisters to learn the medicinal herbs from the mothers who entrusted the care of their children to the Bannabikira Sisters.From that time in every convent one sister was assigned the responsibility of taking care of both the sick nuns and the children. Consequently, a beautiful custom persisted among the Bannabikira to grow local herbs for the treatment of various diseases.

The Bannabikira Sisters in a health sector are charged with the promotion and maintenance of peoples’ health through health education; theirs is the duty to prevent the diseases that cause illnesses within the communities where they serve. Still it is their ultimate responsibility to help a dying person die a peaceful and a dignified death because he or she was made in God’s image. No wonder the founder wanted the sisters to give a holistic care to the sick they attended to. Like Watson the Daughters of Mary sisters believe that “A troubled soul can lead to the illness, and illness can cause disease.” For “Illness, dying and death have always been critical human experiences that invoke one’s spiritual beliefs and call upon one’s spiritual centre. They bring pain, threats to the self and to one’s existence, and fear of the unknown... Illness, dying and death place a person in existential crisis.” In order to help their patients face illness, dying and death constructively, the sisters had to take a long and hard look on their patients’ patterns of beliefs about illness.


While serving in health sectors, we combine our motherhood spirit with the medical expertise to lead the patients we treat to God. This is in congruent with our readiness to receive the living water from the pieced side of Jesus and allow it to spill over the sick we support and teach to achieve a health seeking behaviour through health education talks.

In 1940s Bannabikira worked as nurse aids with their co-founders, “The White Sisters” at Villa Maria, Nkozi and Rubaga hospitals. We have moved with the time: 2 Bannabikira Sisters qualified as enrolled nurses in 1959. Presently we have Sisters as medical doctors, Bachelor of Science nurses, Nursing Administrators, Tutors, Clinical Officers, Registered Nurses/Midwives, Laboratory Technologist and Assistants, Pharmacists.


Villa Maria Hospital founded in 1902 by our Co- founders; Bannabikira run it from 1973 – present, Kalungu District, Masaka Diocese

Bwanda Motherhouse Health Centre (1925- present) Masaka Diocese

Nkozi hospital: Bannabikira worked as Nurses under the White Sisters   from 1943 – 1973, Kampala Archdiocese

Buyege Dispensary (1961 – handed to Parish Council in 200), Kampala Archdiocese

Mitala Maria Medical Services (1968–1996 & re-opened 2008 – present), Kampala Archdiocese

Bukalagi Health Centre (1970 – present) Kiyinda Mityana Diocese

Nawanyago Health Centre: Medical services 1972- present) Jinja Diocese

( Nawanyago Health Centre )

Lubaga Hospital (1973 to present) Kampala Archdiocese

Villa Maria Hospital handed to Bannabikira by Co-founders (1973- present) Masaka Diocese

( Villa Maria Hospital )

Kitovu Hospital: we worked under Medical Missionaries of Mary (1977 –January 2001)

Nyansiongo Mission Hospital (1978- present) Kisii Diocese Kenya

Katimba Health Centre (1983 – present) Masaka Diocese

Kitaasa Health Centre: (1984 – present) Masaka Diocese

Bannabikira Established St. Lawrence Nurses’ Training School Villa Maria: (1984 – present), Masaka Diocese

( Student Nurses in a lecture at St. Lawrence Nurses’ Training School Villa Maria )

Rubaga Hospital Nurses and Midwifery School: (1988- present), Kampala Archdiocese

Madudu Medical Serves: (1989 – present), Kiyinda Mityana Diocese

Losilang in Karamoja: Medical services: (1989 –present) Kotido Diocese

Ruzo Medical Services: (1990 –1996 closed due to war in 1997) Ruzo Diocese in Burundi

Hoima Diocese Community Based Care: (1986 -1999) Hoima Diocese

Bumangi in Ssese Islands (1998 – present) Masaka Diocese

Kasaala Medical Services: (1999 –present) Kampala Archdiocese

Kkonge Medical services (1999- present) Kampala Archdiocese

Kitovu Hospital: Bannabikira took over the managerial roles from the Medical Missionaries of Mary (February 2001 – present) Masaka Diocese

Barbaton in South Africa: Medical Services (2005- 2008) Diocese of Barbaton, S. Africa

Mulajje Medical Services: (2008- present), Kasana Luwero Diocese

Bujuni Health Centre: (2009 – present), Hoima Diocese

Kaliiro Convent: medical services: (2011 – present) Masaka Diocese

Nabiretuk Convent in Moroto: Medical services, school (2011- ) Moroto Diocese

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Jesus says to every Munnabikira:
Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commandments.” Matthew: 28:20

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Health Ministry

“May they have life to the full”. John:

Health ministry is as old as the congregation itself. Since we are guided by the spirit of motherhood, each Munnabikira Sister must have a basic knowledge of health care.

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In this area the Bannabikira sisters are called to work with women’s groups in clubs, teach in vocational schools, to reach out to children and people with disabilities such as the deaf and mute,

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