Ordinations to the Priesthood in the Vicariate General of St Pius V, D.R. Congo

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The months of July and August 2015 were marked by priestly ordinations in the Vicariate General of St. Pius V, D. R. Congo, in Kinshasa and Kisangani respectively. This full story from Brother Joseph BARAKA.

July 19th, 2015 was a day rich in events in the St. Pius V Vicariate General in D.R. Congo. Three brothers of this entity were ordained to the ministerial priesthood by The Most Reverend Edward KISONGA, Auxiliary Bishop of Kinshasa, in the presence of the Master of the Order, Brother Bruno CADORE, and his Socius for Africa, Brother Gabriel SAMBA. The names of the newly ordained are: Brother Don de Dieu KATSHIKUMA, Brother Joseph BARAKA and Brother Frederick MWINDILAY. The ceremony took place in St Dominic’s Parish Church in Kinshasa in the presence of about 500 people: members of the family of the ordained brothers, their friends and members of the Dominican family living in Kinshasa and parishioners. The mass which had started at 11am ended at 2pm. The reception followed on the lawn of the garden of the St Dominic’s priory. Who are these newly ordained friars?

Brother Don de Dieu made his simple profession on August 8th, 2006 and his solemn profession on August 8th, 2011. He is currently the dean of studies of Pierre Nengende Secondary School in Kinshasa. He has degrees in Philosophy and in Theology from the Catholic University of Congo (CUC). On his souvenir card the brother wrote: “If you want to serve the Lord, brace yourself for trials…” (Si 2, 1-2).

Brother Joseph made his simple profession on August 8th, 2006 and his solemn profession on August 8th, 2011. He has just completed his licentiate in Philosophy at the CUC where he also got a degree in theology and his university certificate of profession teaching at higher level secondary schools. On his souvenir card one can read: “If I speak in angelic tongues… without charity I am nothing.” (1 Co 13, 1ff).

Brother Frederick made his simple profession on August 8th, 2007 and his solemn profession on August 8th, 2012. He is starting his second year of licentiate in theology (Scripture) at St Augustine University of Kinshasa, after his degree in Philosophy at the CUC. The brother wrote as his motto on his souvenir card: “His mother said to the servants; Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn 2, 5).

In their speech, the brothers displayed their immense joy to serve from now on the people of God as religious and priests. They also underlined the fact that they were overwhelmed by joy and delighted to have the Master of the Order and his socius for Africa with them on that blessed day, a very rare phenomenon.

As for Brother Jean de Dieu GUMETE, he was also ordained to the priesthood, on Sunday the 16th of August 2015, at St. Camille Church, Kabondo, Kisangani, by His Grace Marcel UTEMBI TAPA, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kisangani. The brother was ordained together with three priests of the Archdiocese of Kisangani, one religious from the Comboni and two deacons of this local church.

May those ordinations bring to the St Pius V Vicariate General in D. R. Congo a new breath! That should be the most living wish of everyone taking into consideration the urgent journey of this entity towards the level of Vice Province.

Brother Joseph Baraka, OP.

 

 

(31 August 2015)