It is the dream of every seminarian to get ordained some day while resigning to the will of God. Not minding this holy desire, we are aware that priesthood is not the end of our journey as we sojourn towards sainthood. It is on this note, that we joyfully bring to your notice these brothers of ours that have answered their divine call to the ministerial priesthood.
Our brothers Lawrence Ndiwalana and Honoratus Kazibwe were ordained priests on 12th August, 2017 to the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda. The archdiocese is estimated with the population of 3,592,053 inhabitants with 42% of Catholics in a population of 1,505,053. Lawrence and Honoratus studied with us from 2011 to 2015. Dear brothers, you are priests forever in the order of Melchizedek of old as we keep remembering you in our prayers.
Fr Roberto Farías had his theological studies and formation with us from 2013 to 2016. He hails from the Catholic Archdiocese of Morelia in Mexico. The archdiocese was established on 11 August 1536 as Diocese of Michoacán. After his theological studies in Rome, he was ordained on the 14th day of September, 2017. We thank God for giving our brother the grace to answer his divine call.
Fr. Alexander Bautista is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Málaga-Soatá, a diocese located in the cities of Málaga and Soatá in the Ecclesiastical province of Bucaramanga in Colombia. It was established on 7th July, 1987. It has an area size of 7,466 km2 with the total population of 171,100 and Catholics numbering up to 161,133; 94.2% of the population. Fr Alexander was ordained on 30th September, 2017 as he studies and was formed with us from 2012 to 2015. We enjoin him in prayers for the constant renewal of his grace of ordination.
As some of our brothers received the ordination to the ministerial priesthood, two of our brothers were elevated to the order of deacons of which one of them is Rev. Nidhin Panavelil; who belonged to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly, India. Rev Nidhin had his theological studies and formation with us from 2013 to 2016 and was ordained on 14TH August, 2017. By the special grace of God we are looking forward to seeing him being called to the ministerial priesthood.
Our brother, Rev Richard Dapilah was among the seminarians that graduated this year, towards the end of June, 2017, and the duration of his stay with us spanned from 2014 to 2017. Richard hails from Catholic Archdiocese of Tamale, Ghana. A diocese which was established on 18th April, 1950 from the Apostolic Vicariate of Navrongo. Finally, he was ordained on a deacon on 9th September, 2017. We join him in thanking God as we wait for the glorious news of his priestly ordination.
The Rev. Jonathan Ángeles Valencia belongs to the Eparchy of Nuestra Señora de los Martires del Líbano, in charge of the pastoral care of the Maronite rite faithful who live in Mexico. He was ordained deacon on September 24th. Best wishes!