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Priestly ordination held at SJP Chumoü

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/19/2019 12:24:37 PM IST

Reverend deacon Stephen Puo, the 1st Catholic priest for the Congregation of the Society of St. Francis Xavier was ordained at St. Joseph’s Parish (SJP), Chumoükedima, by Most Rev. Dr. Theodore Mascarenhas sfx, general secretary CBCI & Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi on May 18. 

A press release from Bishop’s secretary, Fr. Victor Renthungo stated that, Bishop in his introduction said that it was a red letter day for Catholic community of St. Joseph’s Parish, Chumoükedima, to the diocese of Kohima and also for deacon Stephen Puo, because he will be ordained a priest, and set apart and consecrated to God’s work and His mission. 
In his homily Bishop also explained the prophetic, pastoral and priestly role of a priest. The bishop exhorted the deacon Stephen that to be a good priest was the hardest and the most glorious work on earth. He also said that a true priest lives no longer for himself, but solely to the end that he may hold up the Crucified before men. Bishop thanked the family and relatives of Fr. Stephen for offering him to God and to the Church. 
Deacon Stephen dressed in the traditional Poumai attire came in procession to the church with Bishop Theodore and the priests. The motto of the new priest is “Anointed to bring Good News” (Lk 4:18).
Rev. Fr. Dominic, the assistant priest of St. Joseph’s Church anchored the programme while Rev. Fr. Sajan Joseph, the parish priest, accorded the words of welcome.
Congratulatory song was sung by the choir, tune from the Catholic community of Thenyizumi parish, speeches from Bishop and a family representative, while Rev. Fr. Stephen, the newly ordained priest also thanked all in turn. 

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