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Kumbo Vicar-General Celebrates Silver Jubilee 

By Peter Adi Fonte

Rev. Father Roland Berngeh Njoyir, the Vicar-General of Kumbo Diocese who doubles as the Principal of St. Augustine College, SAC Kumbo, since April 23, has been celebrating a series of masses to mark his Silver Jubilee as priest. He was ordained a priest on the 10th of April 1985.

Speaking during the first of such masses that held at the ordination grounds in the St. Augustine College, the Bishop of Kumbo Diocese, His Lordship George Nkuo, called on the students of Government Bilingual High School, GBHS Kumbo and SAC Kumbo – two institutions in Bui Division which were at the forefront of producing priests in the past – to use the Silver Jubilee of Rev. Father Roland Berngeh to reawaken the religious spirit in them and go back to the religious life.

The Bishop called on priests to promote devotion to the Blessed Sacraments and the Mother of Christ. He thanked Fr Berngeh for living his priestly ordination faithfully for the past 25 years and for championing devotion to Mary of Fatima. He told priests to use the year of the priests, which coincided with the Silver Jubilee of Fr. Berngeh to renew and strengthen their faith in the priesthood.

The Vice Principal of SAC Kumbo, Joseph Ngitir, in his speech said Fr. Berngeh has lived a fulfilled priestly life as an evangelist who saved souls and spread the gospel to many, as the pioneer Principal of St. Aloysius Minor Seminary for 13 years, before becoming the 14th Principal of SAC Kumbo. Rev. Fr. Berngeh, in his speech, pleaded with the Bishop of Kumbo to allow him prepare perpetual adoration chapels in four parishes in the Diocese.

In a similar mass organised at the Tobin Catholic Church on the May 29, Fr. Berngeh donated a Monstrance and a statue of Mary the Immaculate Conception to the Tobin Parish. The Parish Priest of Tobin Rev. Father Augustine Foka and the Chairman of the Parish Council, Joseph Bamnjoh, thanked him immensely for the gifts and promised to use them profitably.

The homily at the occasion was delivered by Rev. Father Charles Berinyuy, one of the students brought up by him Fr. Berngeh. He told Fr. Berngeh to have courage and not to be afraid of any body when doing his work. He advised him to be balanced in his judgment and have a strong heart. He told Christians not to capitalise on the errors of others, especially priests and to be remorseful for their errors so as to receive God’s blessings.

Rev. Father Berngeh revealed that since he started saying the jubilee masses, a sum of FCFA 8.4 million has been raised through donations and appeals to help him construct the adoration chapels in the parishes.

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