2017 Year of the Family


2017 Year of the Family


In his 2016 Christmas message to the nation, Archbishop Stanley launched the “Year of the Family” for 2017. He said, “At our Provincial Assembly in August, we declared 2017 to be the Year of the Family, and I want to launch it today. We are blessed that the President made the same declaration for the entire country.

“The family is the fabric of society and the base for a stable community and nation. It is lamentable that the families in our country are facing deliberate attack by different evil forces both from within and outside. This makes our children very vulnerable. They are growing in a very violent environment and many have become victims of circumstances. In the process they are denied their rights.

“We are greatly concerned about domestic violence, child sacrifice, abortion, drunkenness, drug abuse, sodomy and homosexuality, joblessness, poverty, permissiveness, peer pressure and other evils which target the family directly. We must focus our attention on protecting and guiding our families in our communities and entire country.”

Resources for Strengthening the Family


  1. The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali’s Pastoral Letter to the Church of Uganda on the Year of the Family. “Strengthen the Family, Build the Nation” (Joshua 24:14-15)
    Keynote address at the International Day of the Family Public Symposium on 15th May 2017 by Dr. Ruth Senyonyi, Provincial President, Mother’s Union, and Assistant Director for Counselling & Welfare, Human Resource Department, Bank of Uganda.
  3. Prayer Diary, June – August 2017, from Mother’s Union