On 17th of January, four of our Mill Hill Deacons in India namely Ananta Nayak, Chandra Sekhar, Madhu Babu ( Mariadas), Govinda Rao ( Marianna) were ordained priests at Christ the King parish in Ramanthapur, Hyderabad, by Rt. Rev. Bishop Udumula Bala, The Bishop of Warangal Diocese.
His Lordship Bp. U. Bala started the Holy Eucharist expressing words of gratitude to St. Joseph’s Missionary Society of Mill Hill for their great missionary work in Andhra and Telangana regions fondly recalling the wonderful memories of his student days in St. John’s regional seminary and thanked Fr. Tim F. Greenway and Fr. Fritz Neuhauser. He also cherished the memories of teaching himself to the young generation of Mill Hillers as the Rector and Professor at St. John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad.
He then, in his homily, reminded the faithful that if life is a great gift of God on earth then priesthood is the greatest heavenly gift of God. And that every baptized Christian shares in this heavenly gift. But few are called, chosen and consecrated to ministerial priesthood to shepherd the people of God. However, he exhorted the four deacons that they are especially called to missionary priesthood like the early missionaries to go out to the four corners of the world wherever they are sent in obedience and bring the good news of Christ. They are reminded that it is a great responsibility that is being laid on their shoulders in trust. Hence they should live a life of witness in obedience modelling after Christ himself. In this regard, he thanked the parents of the four deacons for their generous sacrifice. Moreover he called on the deacons to be prepared to go out to any place as he reminded the four deacons of their placements of first appointment, because they are being ordained for the Universal Church.
Overall it was a wonderful occasion of witnessing this joyful event of priestly ordination of our four Mill Hill Deacons. It was also an occasion where we got to see and meet many family members of the deacons, friends, people from their diaconate ministry who travelled from afar to be part this joyous occasion. This joyful event took place soon after the annual assembly of our society in India and so many of the Mill Hill members were also present to witness.
All in all, we thank God for the gift of four new members to our missionary society. We also thank all those who have been part and parcel of their journey leading them up-to the Altar of the Lord but above all, we sincerely thank the parents and family members of the four newly ordained members who have generous offered them to the service of the Lord.
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