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Called by God to be His Priests forever

By Cl. Rudolf D`souza sdb
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Mumbai, Dec. 24. Deacons Charles Anthony, Jesu Robinson, and McEnroe Lopes were ordained priests during a very solemn Priestly Ordination ceremony held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna. His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias graced the occasion and administered the Holy Orders to these deacons.

Over seventy five priests concelebrated at the Eucharistic Sacrifice. The function was witnessed by hundreds of people, comprising family, relatives, religious and well wishers. His Eminence, in his homily, quoted St. Bernard, speaking about the first and last coming of Christ, the former being that of the Nativity of Christ and the latter that of His glorious coming. In between the two there involves a third coming wherein Christ comes continuously in our lives in our day to day living, he said.

Advent is a season of great expectation and hope, and a time for purification to receive the Lord more fruitfully.
His Eminence added, ''An ordination during the season of Advent earns great significance for the same reasons. The challenge for new priests is to make the Word of God alive and relevant for the people of God. The challenge lies in responding to the different changes that affect society and the world at large. The challenge lies again in bringing God to man and at the same time taking man to God. A priest can accomplish this only through the means of Sacraments especially through the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. This challenge lies especially for the young who are the main targets of the Salesian Charism. The youth need not only receive the Word of God but also need to give out the Word of God to others. This is how the young will be agents of new evangelization.'' The Cardinal also invited the gathering to pray for the newly ordained that they may be able to face these challenges placed before them.

Provincial of the Mumbai Province, Fr. Michael Fernandes, welcomed the newly ordained into the priestly fraternity. He also thanked their parents for their generous gift of their sons to the Salesian Congregation.

The liturgy was beautifully planned and executed by the Vice Provincial Rev. Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Frs. Ivan Rodrigues, and Cleophas Braganza. The Choir from the Dominic Savio Parish, Wadala (E) helped to make the solemn occasion more prayerful with their beautiful singing. The whole event was a memorable one for all those who witnessed it, and of course, especially for those who were ordaned.
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