Philip Adede mhm
Saturday the 20th of August was a spirit-filled morning: the day we had been preparing for had finally come. The choir was ready, we had practised the rite of diaconate ordination, and the venue for reception was equally ready. Yet there were still butterflies running down our stomachs. This was a special day indeed.
The event took place at St. Joseph and Mary Shauri Moyo Parish, a Mill Hill parish within Nairobi. We arrived at the venue at 9.00am. The Church had been decorated, it was beautiful despite the fact that it was still under renovation. Thanks to the friends of Mill Hill who had worked extra hard to ensure the place looked great.
The church compound was slowly getting filled with visitors, our parents and guardians had arrived, the Mill Hillers from various mission stations within East Africa were present, our schoolmates from Tangaza, lecturers, and the parishioners of Shauri Moyo. Then we had a short meeting with the Bishop, Joseph Obanyi of Kakamega Diocese, for a fatherly chat and advice.
The bishop in his homily stressed that a deacon is ordained to be at the service of the people of God. Hence there is a need for our availability, a constant and faithful prayer life. He also insisted that they should at all times listen to the needs of the people and he cautioned them not to become social functionaries.
Fltr Chrysanthus Mbiemieh Munu, David Masiga Odonya,bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe,Cosmas Ondari Ombotoi,George Odero Omuto
The Bishop also recognized the work of Mill Hill Missionaries in Kenya, more especially in the diocese of Kakamega. He acknowledged that the seeds of faith planted by the first Mill Hillers had produced much fruit. He was happy that these were the first Mill Hillers he ordained. He encouraged them to go out and sow the word of God by our way of life.
After mass the reception was colourful, with delicious food. The newly ordained deacons had the opportunity to interact with their friends and family members who gave them words of congratulation. It was a real joy that all present were celebrating the fruits of the Gospel sown by the first Mill Hill missionaries. It was beautiful to listen to the Mill Hill students singing the Hill Hill Missionary anthem. The occasion ended with entertainments from different groups. The day was indeed full of joy.
Philip Adede mhm