The great day on 7th July 2018 began when people from different destinations started gathering at the Cathedral of the Uganda Martyrs Nyan’gole, Archdiocese of Tororo. The celebration was presided over by Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo, assisted by Bishop Emeritus Denis Kiwanuka and a good number of priests. It was a blessing to the Archdiocese since those who were ordained included one deacon and ten priests of the archdiocese of Tororo, one Comboni Missionary, one St. Francis de Sales Missionary, and indeed one from the Mill Hill Missionaries, and that was none other than Mark Owor.
In his homily, the Archbishop underlined that being a priest is a gift and a mystery and that ordained ministers are called to serve and to bring light to the people, thereby giving the newly ordained deacon and priests courage and hope in their ministry.
Friends of Mark Owor came from different areas including from his home parish, friends from Kenya and Uganda, and a good representation of the Mill Hill brothers and Sisters from both Kenya and Uganda. Mark hails from St. Kizito Catholic Church, Paya. It is a newly formed parish since before, it was under Nagongera Parish. He celebrated his thanksgiving Mass at Paya on 8th July 2018 , a truly colourful and joyous occasion.
Mark did his Basic Formation Program in Luanda, Kenya, studied philosophy in Jinja, Uganda, after which he went to Malindi (Kenya) for his Missionary Experience Program. Upon completing his theological studies in Nairobi, he went home preparing for his priestly ordination. Mark has been appointed to Panyangara Catholic Church in Kotido diocese in Uganda. Among his classmates, he is the second last to be ordained. The ordination of Placide Elia Batondobi is scheduled for 15th July 2018 in Basankusu, DR Congo.
Compiled by Zachaeus Okoth Adet (MHM)
Student in Theology, Nairobi