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St. Aloysius Minor Seminary Ordains First Batch 

By Peter Adi Fonte — Rev. Fr. Giles Njobam and Rev. Fr. Dieudonne Ngenso Bomye have been ordained Priests.

The two Claretians deacons were the first batch of students admitted into St. Aloysius Minor Seminary Kitiwum, Kumbo. The ordination, which took place in the St Theresa’s Cathedral Church recently, was presided over by the Bishop of the Kumbo Diocese, His Lordship Bishop George Nkuo.

The ordination marked the closure of a four-day Diocesan Synod that took place on the St. Augustine College premises from August 6 to 10. In a homily, Bishop George Nkuo said the third Diocesan Synod of Kumbo Diocese ended on a joyful note because the Church in Kumbo is self-ministering and self-propagating. He said the ordination of Rev. Fr. Njobam and Rev. Fr. Dieudonne Bomye are visible fruits of the arrival of the Catholic faith in Kumbo Diocese 100 years ago.

He urged the new priests to work in true collegiate spirit, be the custodians and interpreters of the faith, be effective promoters of the new evangelisation as well as make transparent use of the funds of the Church placed at their disposal. He called on them to be prayerful and to make special devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bishop Nkuo said they should strive to be passionate listeners, holy and perfect priests.

The Chairperson of the Centenary Steering Committee, Rev. Fr. Cyprian Tatah, who read the final communiqué of the third Kumbo Diocesan Synod, said 305 participants attended the Synod including a three-man delegation from Limberg Diocese of Germany; namely Mrs. Beatrix Schlausch, Mrs. Elizabeth Bentrup and Ansgar Sehr. Rev. Fr. Njobam, on behalf of his colleague, thanked the Superior of the Claretians Order and all and sundry who assisted them in one way or the other to become priests.

The Superior of the Claretians Order thanked the Bishop of Kumbo Diocese for accepting the Claretians priests in the Diocese. He promised that the ordained priests will work within the framework of the spirit of the founder of Claretians Priesthood and wished the Kumbo Diocese to grow from strength to strength.

First published in The Post print edition No 01368

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