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From AOR Province: Ordinations in Kampala

By Fr. Paul Kalenzi, SJ

2017 will be remembered as a year of a great harvest of priestly vocations in the Jesuit province of Eastern Africa. With joy we celebrated three ordinations in Nairobi and two in Dar es Salaam. On Saturday 15th July, deacons Michael Ochwo and Anthony Ochen were added to that illustrious number in a beautiful ceremony held at St. Peter's Parish, Kampala.

The candidates and all involved in the preparations were surprised to learn on the morning of 15th July that the ordaining prelate, His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, had taken ill. So we could only but admire the availability and generosity of His Lordship Christopher Kakooza, Bishop of the neighbouring Lugazi Diocese, who arrived well on time and presided over the celebration with much simplicity and depth.

The reception held in the parish grounds afforded the keen listener a wealth of information on the vocations and families of Fr. Anthony Ochen and Fr. Michael Ochwo. From Fr. Anthony's father, we learned of the role Our Lady had played in guiding Fr. Anthony towards the priesthood despite difficult circumstances. Fr. Michael's father, for his part, regaled us with his own vocational journey and that of his family which happens to include the King of the Jopadhola: many in the family had received the calling, but few had been 'chosen'. Interestingly, among the chosen is another Fr. Michael Ochwo, a Comboni priest, and so Fr. Michael Ochwo SJ is also Fr Michael Ochwo Jr!

Source: Eastern Africa Province (AOR)

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