The Association of religious in Uganda (ARU) is an umbrella body for all religious Congregations working in Uganda which are registered with the Association. ARU is led by the body of Major Superiors of religious Congregations that form a body of the Assembly of Major Superiors of Religious Institutes in Uganda (AMSRIU).
ARU was founded by Women Major Superiors of Religious Institutes in 1968 under Mother Bernardine, LSOSF, who also doubled as the Secretary General. The formation of the Association followed an injunction of the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, requesting Major Superiors to set up National Associations of Congregations in each Country for purposes of collaborating on issues of common interest and finding ways to address issues/challenges arising from their work of evangelization. This body of Major Superiors which was approved by the Holy See in 1972 became a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, based in Rome.
To the name of ARU was added that of AMSRIU deriving from “Association of Major Superiors of Religious Institutes in Uganda” In 1995 when the religious men and women merged with the purpose of forming an integrated body with a common vision and voice for proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ,the newly founded Body took on the name: “Association of Major Superiors of Religious Institution in Uganda (AMSRIU).” In July 2014 the General Assembly of Major Superiors decided to clarify the name of Association so as to bring into the picture the members in the Congregation who seem to have eclipsed.