Hometown: Atiak, Uganda; Baltimorean since 2010
Seminary: Katigondo National Major Seminary, Masaka, Uganda; St. Mary’s Seminary and University
Background: Fr. Francis Ouma grew up in the village of Atiak in the northern region Uganda. He has four sisters and two living brothers.
According to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, his family was forced to leave its ancestral village after an increase in violence by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group accused of murder, kidnapping and forcing children to fight in hostilities, among other human rights violations.
At age 7, Fr. Francis decided he wanted to become a priest. In 2010, his pursuit of the vocation led him to Baltimore to study theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University.
According to the archdiocese, Fr. Francis has a soft spot for visiting the sick and homebound, as well as teaching the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Bible study and religious courses.