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Masaka Bishop Ordains 17 into Priesthood

The priests were ordained at Villa Maria proto-Cathedral in Kalungu district, by Masaka Diocesan Bishop Serverus Jjumba while he celebrated mass on Saturday. He also elevated 21 seminarians to the level of Deacons in the Catholic Church.
Bishop Severous Jjumba ordaining the new Preists on Saturday

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The Catholic Church in Masaka Diocese has ordained 17 priests to join the clerical vocation of the faith.

The priests were ordained at Villa Maria proto-Cathedral in Kalungu district, by Masaka Diocesan Bishop Serverus Jjumba while he celebrated mass on Saturday. He also elevated 21 seminarians to the level of Deacons in the Catholic Church.

The new priests were ordained inside a historical Cathedral of Villa Maria where the pioneer native Ugandan catholic priests; Monsignor Victor Mukasa and Rev. Fr Bazilio Lumu were ordained in 1913, by Bishop Heinrich Streicher. 

Bishop Jjumba challenged the newly ordained priests to strive and walk in the footsteps of their great predecessors Mukasa and Lumu, who he said exceptionally passed a big test of attaining priesthood during very challenging times.

He added that new priests have come at a time when the congregation they are going to lead is yearning for solace because of the various challenges that are troubling their spiritual and physical lives. Accordingly, Bishop Jjumba called upon the newly ordained priests to serve with utmost dedication, to help in restoring hope and building love among the faithful, such that they can grow stronger in faith.   

//Cue in; “kulunaku olw’okufuuka… 

Cue out…n’obutukirivu bwe.”//  

He on the other hand cautioned parents of the new priests against pestering them for material support, warning this pressure may disorganize them and, as a result,  make them fail to execute their new assigned responsibilities in the vocation. Bishop Jumba also challenged the priests to explore all possibilities towards building self-sustaining parishes as well as putting much emphasis on environmental protection initiatives.   

//Cue in; “abazadde ba bagole….  

Cue out…obutonde bw’ensi.”// 

Regina Kitaka, the Chairperson of Masaka Diocesan head of the laity commission called upon the congregation to fully support the priests to enable them to accomplish their mission. 

//Cue in; “kitaffe omusumba… 

Cue out….Byamwe bulijjo.”//  

Meanwhile, after the priests’ ordination, Bishop Jjumba declared Buyoga parish in Bukomansimbi district as the fiftieth deanery in Masaka Diocese and created the 57th parish on Busheke located in Sembabule district.