Newly ordained priests urged to nourish spirituality over material gains

The newly ordained priests pose for photo with Diocese Vocations director Fr. Cosmas Bayo (Photo/Hillary Alithum)

Nebbi, (UG): The Bishop of Nebbi Catholic Diocese, Rt. Rev. Raphael P’Mony Wokorach has implored the newly ordained priests and deacons in the diocese to nourish spirituality, availability for church missions of Jesus Christ, and observance of celibacy and brotherhood among the religious in remembrance of the teachings of Jesus Christ on discipleship.

Bishop Wokorach’s message was contained in his sermon at the delivery of the Homily to the candidates of sacerdotal and diaconate ordination and the congregation on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral in Nebbi during the first massive sacerdotal ordination of six candidates to priesthood.

“Jesus said; Go on the mountains – the mountain symbolizes a place of revelation of God, a place of encounter whatever you are going to do is a mission you are going to be among people and between them and God,” Bishop Wokorach preached in the homily.

Five of the candidates ordained include Fr. Francis Agenonga, Fr. Nerris Oyirwoth, Fr. Stephen Oribdhugu, Fr. Clever Kumakech and Fr. Donald Adubango, all from a staunch parish centre of the diocese, Our Lady of Assumption Paidha Catholic Parish and Fr. John Kennedy Kasamba from Warr Parish.

The three Deacons are; Innocent Mungungeo, Godfrey Wanican and Jonathan Warom hail from Wadelai and Nebbi Parishes respectively.

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The newly ordained priests pose in a group photo

Rev. Fr. Nerris Oyirwoth, the newly ordained priest and now curate of Panyimur Catholic Parish who spoke to DailyExpress asked the Christians to pray for them as they minister the word of God.

“You can help with prayers where I was doing my pastoral work as I Deacon I was telling christians before you support me with any other things first support me with prayer so that I become a good priest,” Fr. Oyirwoth told this publication.

The newly ordained priests and Deacons come as a big boost to the numerical strength and ability of the community of priests of Nebbi catholic diocese which is now largely comprised of elderly priests hence the need for young priests to zealously and jealously take up the mantle of evangelizing catholicism across the diocesan parishes.

Three of the newly ordained priests Fr. Francis Agenonga, Fr. Nerris Oyirwoth and Fr. Donald Adubango

The function on Thursday which saw a multitude of lay faithfuls, Religious men and women from across Gulu Ecclesiastical Province and DR. Congo’s Mahagi Diocese turn up for the ordination marked the first time in the history of Nebbi Catholic Diocese since it was curved out of Arua Diocese in the late 1990s.

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The ordination event also saw a number of reshuffles and appointments of the now 69 (newly ordained inclusive) priests across the 22 parishes and sub-parishes of the Nebbi Catholic Diocese.

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