Hoima Catholic Diocese has got nine new priests and 11 deacons following a priestly ordination held at the Bujumbura Cathedral in Hoima town on Saturday. Bishop Vincent Kirabo has told the newly ordained priests that together with dozens of their colleagues in the diocese, they have a role to teach the people the word of God and guiding them to strengthen their faith in the different parishes of work.
Bishop Vincent Kirabo was the chief celebrant at the ordination mass attended by Christians from all the seven districts of Bunyoro that form Hoima diocese.
Those ordained into priesthood and immediately posted to different parishes are; Fr. Peter Bakaye, Fr. Kizito Byaruhanga, Fr. Posiano Kiiza, Fr. Edward Mugisa and Fr. Tadeo Muhangi. Others are Fr. Julius Musasizi, Fr. John Tukajwaha, Fr. Yeremia Tumuramye and Fr. Adolf Twinomujuni.
Bishop Kirabo has told the newly ordained priests that together with dozens of their colleagues in the diocese, they have a role to teach the people the word of God and guiding them to strengthen their faith in the different parishes of work.
He asked the priests and deacons to be trusted servants of Jesus Christ using the gifts and blessings that they are accorded through their ordination.
The Bishop, who was assisted by Bishop Emeritus Albert Edward Baharagate, asked the Christians to support the priests by praying for them and catering for their welfare because they have joined priesthood forever.
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In their message read by Rev. Fr. Peter Bakaye, the newly ordained priests commended their parents and teachers and the church for guiding them to achieve this honour. They promised to serve God as they have been trained hence calling for total support from the laity.
John Kyaboona, the Hoima diocesan head of laity, asked more parents to send their sons to the seminary so as to be ordained priests to serve the church of God. Kyaboona says that there are many worldly challenges that need to be handled with spiritual power adding that the more priests, the easier the fight against such things troubling Christians.
Laurence Bategeka, the Hoima Municipality Member of Parliament, asked the church to use its increasing number of clergy to eradicate corruption, fight immorality and child sacrifice that have taken root in Uganda. He also says that government wants the support of the church to promote peace through social and political cohesion.
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With the diocese stretching over seven districts, there are two vicariates - Masindi and Kibaale - that help bring the services of the church to the Christians that are not close to the cathedral.