In a series of ordinations to the sacred orders and religious profession across different Claretian Major Organisms worldwide, the Claretian community continues to celebrate and mark significant milestones within its fold. These moments of spiritual significance serve to strengthen the bonds of faith and dedication among the clergy and faithful.
Claretian Priestly Ordination in Indonesia, A Synodal journey in telling the story of the Master
On October 18, 2023, at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Kota Baru, Kupang, Indonesia, Mons. Petrus Turang, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kupang, presided over a profound ordination ceremony. Five Claretian deacons of Indonesia-Timor Leste Independent Delegation, alongside five deacons from the Archdiocese of Kupang, were ordained to the priesthood. The newly ordained priests, Frs. Dominikus Evenroy Gultom, Emilianus Dungnga Koten, Engelbertus Seran, João Martinho Enfein, and Ponsianus Ladung, CMFF, were called to “walk with the People of God” in the service of the Church. Archbishop Turang emphasised their role in the synodal journey of telling the story of the Master.
Diaconate Ordination in St. Thomas Province
In another blessed occasion on October 21, 2023, four perpetually professed students, Aswin Myladumparayil, Abin Thayil, Bony Mattathil, and Joel Thuruthipallil, CMFF, received the Order of Deacons from Msgr. Mar Sebastian Vaniyapurackal, Curia Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, at Claret Bhavan, Kuravilangad. The presence of Rev. Fr. Siby Njavallikunnel CMF, the Provincial Superior of St. Thomas Province, along with fathers, sisters, relatives, and well-wishers, added joy to this sacred event.
St. Charles Lwanga Delegation’s Perpetual Profession and Diaconate Ordination
St. Charles Lwanga Independent Delegation in East Africa celebrated a momentous occasion on October 20, 2023, as four Claretian students made their Perpetual Profession at the Blessed Martyrs of Barbastro Seminary in Morogoro. Schs. Simon Tumusiime, Ken Omondi, Nelson Shirima, and Sewanyana Joseph, CMFF, dedicated themselves to a life of perpetual commitment in the service of God. The event was presided over by Fr. Joy Joseph Mampillikunel, CMF, the Major Superior of the Delegation, and was attended by numerous Claretian missionaries, theology students, representatives from various religious congregations, and the lay faithful within Morogoro diocese. The following day, on October 21, 2023, these four students were ordained to the order of diaconate by Msgr. Lazarus Vitalis Msimbe, S.D.S, the Bishop of Morogoro Diocese, setting them on their path of ministry and service to the Church.