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Father Clarence Kharmawlong sdb Ordained a Priest

By Michael Makri
Clarence Ordained a priest
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Shillong, Sep. 3. His Grace Most Reverend Archbishop Dominic Jala sdb, bestowed the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Deacon Clarence Kharmawlong sdb at an Ordination Mass celebrated at Saint Dominic Savio Parish, Mawlai, Shillong on September 3, 2016.
Deacon Clarence was presented for the Order by Father George Maliekal sdb, the Provincial Superior of the Salesian Province of Shillong. After inquiring if the deacon was worthy to be ordained, the Archbishop accepted the request to the sound of applause from the congregation.

In his homily, Archbishop Jala reminded the Deacon the role of an ordained minister, of the need to pray and to serve God from the heart. The Archbishop said that a priest should be like Christ. Reminding the faithful to accompany the priests with their prayers not merely for the success in their works, but that they may enrich their lives with God, with the riches of Christ. Ending his homily, the Archbishop said: ''Thanks be to God for many priests and dedicated men in the Church. Thank God also for the faithful who accompany the priests with their prayers that brought growth in Church. This is how each one can enrich their lives in the service of God.''

Following the Archbishop's homily, the Rite of Ordination continued with Deacon Clarence promising fidelity to Christ and to the ministry of Priesthood. Kneeling before the Archbishop who held the folded hands of the Deacon in his hands, Clarence promised respect and obedience to the Archbishop, his successors and to the Religious superior.

The gift of the Holy Spirit was then conferred by the laying on of hands, followed by the Prayer of Ordination. The Archbishop then anointed the palms of the newly ordained as a sign that he is now sealed with the Holy Spirit. He was also called forth through the imposition of hands and the Prayer of Ordination. Father Clarence was then vested in chasuble.

Father Clarence, the fourth child of (L) Mr. Dennis War and Mrs. Blue Mary Kharmawlong was born on 21st of June 1985. He completed his schooling from St. Dominic Savio's Higher Secondary School Mawkhar and Higher Secondary studies from Don Bosco College Tura. He did his Novitiate at Sunnyside Upper Shillong where he professed as a member of the Salesian Congregation on 24th May 2006. Soon he was sent to Divyadaan Salesian Institute of Philosophy Nashik to complete his Post-Novitiate studies. After completing six years as a professed member in the Salesian Congregation, Clarence took his final vows on the 19th May 2012. He was then sent to Jerusalem for his Theological studies and Diploma studies in Biblical Archeology, Geography and History in Ecumenism and Inter Religious Dialogue from the Salesian Pontifical University. He was ordained a deacon by Most Rev. Beatitude Foud Twal, the Patriarch of Jerusalem on 7th June 2015.
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