In a joyful surround of Brothers and faithful, in the parish church of All Saints (Ognissanti), in Rome, on December 8, have been ordained deacons three Orionines Clerics Andrew Langbong Koungbanwo (Togo), SIMPLICE Hitoka Teta (Togo), both from the Vice-Province Our Lady of Africa, and ANTHONY Njienga Mburu (Kenya) of the Missionary Delegation Our Lady of the Church.
The ordaining Bishop was Mgr. Giovanni D'Ercole, Orionine Bishop of Ascoli Piceno. In his homily Mgr. D'Ercole proposed Mary as a model of diakonia (service), she who was entirely and exclusively for God, and was all directed to the good of men of whom she is constituted mother.
The ceremony was attended by many confreres, superiors and seminarians of the Orionine Theologicum and many other colleagues of studies of our three new ordained deacons.
Fr. Malcolm Dyer, Superior of the English speaking Delegation, addressed some words of thanks by noting that Africa is now the flowering of vocations for the Church and for the Congregation.
Anthony Njenga is the sixth Orionine Religious of Kenya reaching the sacred orders after Father Peter Wambulwa who has celebrated one month ago ten years of priesthood, Father Raphael Kailemiah, Father Mboche Paul, Father James Waituika F and Father Morris Mawira.
To our three new deacons we wish a good diaconal service under the motherly care of the Blessed Virgin. With St Luigi Orione let's say Ave Maria e Avanti!
The original text is published on the website of the Congregation (donorione.org). The English translation is of the editors of the blog.