Year of Priest was inaugurated by Bishop of Kohima, Right Reverend Jose Mukala during the Solemn Holy Mass in the packed Catholic Cathedral Church of Mary Help of Christians at Kohima on Sunday.
Coming close on the heels of Pauline Year concluded by Catholic Church all over the world on June 29, the Year of Priest started by Pope Benedict XVI on June 19 at Vatican was inaugurated in Nagaland to meet the convenience and need of the Catholic faithful of Nagaland.
Echoing the words of the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Benedict, Bishop in his homily said, “The Year is meant to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal so that there is a more forceful and incisive witness to the Gospel in today’s world,”
Expressing gratitude to the congregation and to the scores of priests who attended the inaugural function he said, “The year long programme of the diocese will aim at sanctification of the clergy all over the world, particularly those serving in Nagaland”. He exhorted the priests to make the best use of the year.
Acknowledging the selfless services of over two hundred priests in Nagaland, the bishop set forth the saint of the era of French Revolution, John Marie Vianney, Cure of Ars, France, as a great model for all the priests.
Other highlights of the programme were the unveiling of Poster of St. John Marie Vianney, releasing of the summary of the new encyclical, Caritas in Veritate.