Undugu Family
Msele Undugu Family

Fr. Stephen Msele, a Tanzanian Jesuit priest one of the pioneers Undugu Family Movement in 1996.

“I told myself and some of my companions that God the Parent of us all must not see this kind of thing again. I also promised God that I would spend the rest of my life making sure that her sons and daughters get to know how to live and enjoy life together instead of slaughtering one another. Later on, I met more of my friends and we agreed to do something to make sure that this kind of thing does not happen again anywhere in any form. We all agreed that someone had to do something fast but that someone had to be one of us or all of us. Our conviction today is that, this someone has to be you and me, indeed, every person - but without excluding God the Father and Mother of us all.”- Fr. Stephen Msele.

With the genocide in Rwanda and religious tension brewing in his native country, Tanzania, a young priest conceived the vision of a universal brotherhood. Thus the Undugu Family was born. "... i have promised God that i will spend the rest of my life making sure that his sons and daughters learn how to enjoy life together instead of slaughtering one another", says Fr. Stephen Msele.



The late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere

The late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere - The father of the nation of Tanzania; is one of those who inspired Fr. Stephen Msele alot by his insistence on the philosophy of familyhood (Ujamaa) as the foundation of all progress.


The Undugu Family General Animator, Fr. Steve Msele receiving a piece of cake at the 10th Anniversary celebrations in Kampala, Uganda.