By; Jjunju Francis
14th August 2021
Kampala Archdiocese has held her first priestly ordinations since the outbreak of the deadly pandemic Covid-19 in March 2020.
A total of 17 deacons have been ordained priests and 18 seminarians ordained deacons at a colourful ceremony presided over by the apostolic administrator of Kampala Archdiocese also the ordinary of Kasana Luweero diocese Rt. Rev. Bishop Paul Ssemogerere at Lubaga Cathedral.
Among those ordained priests 6 are from the missionary congregations while 11 are diocesan priests.
Bishop Ssemogerere told the newly ordained that they are receiving priesthood as a gift from God to serve people wholly in life, servants of Christ and stewards of God almost like Saint Maxmiran Kolobe who is remembered today in his priesthood he loved and served all.
Priesthood must be loved and jealously protected, and be ready to carry the cross ahead. To the parents, formatters and benefactors including the late Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, they have played a tremendous role in nurturing the new priests and deacons.
He reminded them to avoid the habit of materialism that breeds selfishness, amassing of elicit wealth, is not in line of a priest, the wealth of a priest is how many souls he has saved, not how much money he accumulates like the rest of the world nowadays.
Bishop Ssemogerere thanked the Government for allowing the ordination ceremony to take place because prayers from public places and all places of worship were closed by the President in avoidance of spreading Covid-19.
The function has been attended by among others the vicar general Msgr. Charles Kasibante, and Dr. Chris Baryomunsi the minister for ICT who represented the Prime Minister.