BLI Visitors: Sanyu Maria’s Reflection

The following is a reclection written by recent Notre Dame graduate Maria Orjalies Riberas. She traveled to BLI in July 2021 and will be returning in October: “As when adjusting to life in any new country, it’s fairly common for one to find themselves in constant cultural shock, lost in translation, and dependent on those…

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BLI Visitors: Kirabo Emma’s Reflection

The following is a reflection written by Emma Ziegler, a recent Notre Dame graduate. Emma traveled to BLI in July 2021 with Father Emmanuel and wrote this reflection on the experience: “Traveling to Bethany Land Institute in Nandere, Uganda, I expected to find a dulled version of the institute I had seen in photos and…

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Celebrating Laudato Sí Week 2021

Newsletter 5/24/21 Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ was released in June 2015. Five years later, in 2020, Pope Francis invited all to celebrate its fifth anniversary by protecting families and future generations through action to care for our common home. Laudato Si’ Week 2021, May 16-24, celebrates the end of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year.Here are…

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The Institute is Open!

Spring Update 2021 Greetings to you and your loved ones from all of us at Bethany Land Institute.We wish you a happy and blessed Easter Season.And, we are delighted to announce that our new campus is open! The awakening of Spring and the Easter season brings new life – and so it is for BLI.…

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Reflections from BLI volunteers – 3/14/21

We first were introduced to Fr. Emmanuel by our daughter Sara in April of 2016. Fr. Emmanuel was looking for someone to volunteer to coordinate the building of a dream; a campus for Bethany Land Institute. By time we met him a White Paper had been written that outlined the vision for BLI. Land had…

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A Kairos moment

Read Fr. Emmanuel Katongole’s article on Covid-19 as a ‘Kairos’ moment in the Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs newsletter. https://keough.nd.edu/a-kairos-moment-prophecy-and-hope-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

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In Memory of John Ssembatya, BLI Farm Manager 1974-2019

With deep sorrow we share the loss of our Farm Manger, John Ssembatya, on 5/10/2019. John was taking milk to his customers on his bicycle and had an accident en route. John was the first, and until now, the longest serving BLI staff member, having joined BLI in 2014, and we will greatly miss him.…

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BLI Summer 2019 Update

Dear Friends, I have just returned from Uganda, and thought that you would enjoy an update on the happenings at BLI. This was my first trip to the Bethany Land Institute, and although I am updated every month, seeing it in person left me even further impressed by the progress that our staff has made.…

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