Monday, May 19, 2014

Orione Kenya: Priestly Ordination in Meru

On Saturday 17th May 2014, while the congregation was still in the festivities of the 10th anniversary of the canonization of our Founder Don Orione, Deacon Morris Mawira, together with Deacon Eric Mwiti from the Diocese of Meru said yes to follow and serve Christ forever in the priestly ministry. The village of Kariakomo in the parish of Chogoria was buzzing. Two of its sons were honored. Our confrere Morris Mawira and the young Deacon Eric Mwiti received the second degree of the sacrament of Holy Orders by the imposition of hands and the prayer of consecration of his Excellency Bishop Salesius Mugambi, Bishop of Meru in the presence of Bishop Raymond Ahoua, Bishop of Grand Bassam (Côte d'Ivoire).
Were also present to witness and experience this event Father Malcolm Dyer, the Superior of the Missionary Delegation Mary Mother of the Church, all our brothers of Kenya, our young seminarians in philosophy and our sisters, the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity and the Sacramentine Sisters.
Father Morris Mawira Gichia, son of Japson Kaburu Ntwuara and Michelina Karambu Kaburu, after his primary and secondary studies at Chuka and in Meru, joined the Congregation as an aspirant in the years 2003-2004, welcomed by Bishop Raymond Ahoua at that time Father Raymond, in charge of the formation of the seminarians in Nairobi. After the sessions of "Come and See" and the courses of orientation, he was admitted in year of philosophy. After three years at the Consolata Institute of Philosophy, he will go to Côte d'Ivoire for the Novitiate. Finished his year of novitiate in 2008, he was appointed to St Peter's Parish of Kaburugi for two years of Pastoral Stage. He returned to Côte d'Ivoire, in the Missionary Training Center Abidjan (CFMA) for the Theological formation. In February 2011, the tragic political-military crisis facing Côte d'Ivoire would oblige him and his fellow Orionines of the Scholasticate Don Orione of N'Dotré to flee the seminar, as well as other members of other congregations.
Feeling the situation continue, the Supériors of the Delegation will take him back to Kenya he and his elder James Njoroge Waituika to continue their formation in Hekima College in Nairobi.
Ordained deacon June 29, 2013, will be invited to continue his training in Human Science and Management at the Tangaza University College of Nairobi.
With Father Morris Mawira we give thanks to God for the gift of the ministerial priesthood and the choice of his humble servant to make of him the instrument of his action and his service to his people and children.

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