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Society of Jesus ordains new priest

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/3/2020 1:08:56 PM IST

Deacon David Liavi Nukhu was ordained priest for the Society of Jesus by Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima at St. Ignatius Church, Razeba on December 30, wherein over 60 priests concelebrated with the Bishop.

A press release from secretary to Bishop, Fr. Renthungo Victor stated that, Bishop in his homily, while thanking the family and village for offering deacon David for the service of God in the Church, exhorted the candidate to be humble, build close intimacy with Jesus through the eucharist and prayer. Bishop also exhorted the new priest to stay in touch with the family and friends who can be source of strength in difficult moments of priestly ministry. Bishop further urged the family members and the parish community to uphold deacon David daily in their prayers.  Deacon David chose the motto “Act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8. He was dressed in the traditional Chakaseng attire and brought in with the traditional tune to the Church accompanied by his parents, siblings and relatives. Prayer of blessing was given along by the parents. Rev. Fr.  Patrick Neikhalo, parish priest, Sacred Heart Church Chizami, anchored the ordination ceremony. 
Rev. Fr. James T Sangtam, the center in-charge, St. Ignatius Church, accorded words of welcome to the Bishop of Kohima, government officials, village leaders, dignitaries, priests and sisters from different parishes, catechists, pastors of different churches, invited guests, other and other participants.
Felicitation programme was organized in the same venue. Special song from CYA, St. Ignatius Church, and a traditional tone were presented by the Zhavame Catholic Youth Association. Socius Fr. Richard, Jesuits Kohima region expressed gratitude to the parents and those responsible for the success of the ordination. Rev. Fr. David Liavi thanked all those who made it possible for him to stand at the altar and to God for giving him the strength and courage to follow His call. 
Martha Dukru, anchored the felicitation programme. Religious sisters, CAN, NCWA and NCYM officials, public leaders, church leaders, family members, relatives and friends attended the programme. 

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