KENYA: 30 Ordained to Priesthood at Historic Event at Shrine
Thirty deacons from different parishes in the vast catholic diocese of Machakos were on Saturday, February 01 ordained as priests in a one of a kind occasion, reports CISA.
“This is a historical event, both in Machakos and the entire country,” said Fr Julius Kioko, the Master of Ceremony at the event.
The ordination took place at Mary Mother of God Shrine at Komarock and it brought together people from all walks of life including priests, religious sisters and brothers, friends and family of the deacons, students, young children from the 72 parishes in diocese of Machakos and beyond.
In attendance were political leaders from the area and government representatives. A bus christened Mheshimiwa Bus procured with contribution from the diocese of Machakos, current and former Members of Parliament, the Senator of Machakos, President Uhuru Kenyatta, County Representatives, businessmen and friends of the diocese was also unveiled.
Besides the priestly ordination, the occasion christened “Diocesan Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Komarock” also served as the closing service of the just concluded Year of Faith and launching of the current The Year of the Family.
“Pilgrimage is a journey towards knowing God,” said Bishop Kivuva during his homily where he emphasized on the importance of having places of prayers and worship such as Komarock Shrine and Divine Mercy Shrine and made tribute to founders of the two shrines; Fr Battista Cimmino and the late Fr Thomas Vadassery “for their exemplary efforts”.
Credited with transforming the diocese of Machakos over the past decade, Bishop Kivuva called on the faithful to have a holistic approach to development. “We should develop not only structures but also our faith,” he advised.
Bishop Kivuva further urged everyone including families, church groups, the county government and Christians in general to support the newly ordained priests in their endeavors. “Through their priestly work they will help nurture Gods nation,” said Bishop Kivuva.
Christians in their thousands flocked to the Shrine and braved the scorching sun and rough terrain to witness the significant occasion characterized by prayer with choir and dance groups leading the praise and worship and providing spiritual entertainment.