Several communities within Njeru Municipality in Buikwe District continue to eulogize fallen Catholic priest, Fr. Leonard Wiedemayr, in remembrance of his selfless service towards the less privileged individuals in society.
Wiedemayr, a missionary priest attached to the Mill Hill Missionaries, died on August 15 in his home country of Austria. He was 92.
Wiedemayr is the founding priest of the Mbikko Parish under Lugazi Diocese, where he constructed a 400-seater St. Karoli Lwanga Church, dormitories and staff houses.
Wiedemayr is celebrated for educating orphans and less privileged children, constructing houses for the widows and elderly, and donating startup capital funds and cows to selected women and youth groups, within the Njeru community.
He also funded the construction of St. Noa Mawagali SSS in 1992, the only secondary school within the parish, which was meant to foster the education of dozens of youths under his care.
Fr. Joe King, the Parish Priest of Mbikko says that Wiedemayr was a prayerful priest who deliberately loved both God and people unsparingly.
Fr. Wiedemayr was laid to rest on 20 August 2022 in his home village of Kartitsch. End.