KABALE– The Minister of State for trade, industry and cooperatives David Bahati has hailed the Kabale Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Callistus Rubaramira for spearheading the spirit of Unity among religions.
Minister Bahati was speaking during the ordination of 8 priests and 14 deacons at St. Mary’s Rushoroza Cathedral in Kabale Municipality.
Minister David Bahati commended Bishop Rubaramira for uniting and working together with the Diocese of Kigezi, to spread the gospel of Christ and being exemplary in the fight against household poverty.
“To the ordained priests and deacons, you must learn from our Bishop Rubaramira for the good things he has done in the diocese. We commend you and thank you for choosing to support God, and I promise, we will work and support you. Thank you Bishop for training, supporting the deacons and priests and for being exemplary in developmental projects, and for uniting with the Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi,” Minister Bahati said.
Minister Bahati also asked Christians to embrace and involve themselves in governmental programs such as Parish Development Model (PDM), if we are to fight poverty in the country and our homes.
“Let us work as a team and embrace government programs like PDM because when the program succeeds, we will be able to come out of poverty because poverty does not have religion or political party affiliation, whether you are a catholic, a Muslim, a protestant or any other religion” he added.
At the function a total of 8 priests and 14 Deacons were ordained during a function that was held at St Mary’s Rushoroza Cathedral Grounds in Southern Division of Kabale Municipality and they were ordained by the Bishop of Kabale Diocese Rt. Rev.Callistus Rubaramira.
The 8 priests are Rev Fr Bruno Tumwesigye and Rev Fr Aloysius Namara, both from Rushoroza catholic parish, Rev Fr Zaverio Tindimwebwa from Nyarushanje Catholic parish, Rev Fr Juluis Ankunda from Rutooma parish, Rev Fr Nicodemus Mubangizi and Rev Fr Paul Atuyambe both from Rubanda parish, Rev Fr Jeremias Nsabimana from Kinanira parish and Rev Fr Deus Niwagaba from Rwanyena parish.
Those ordained as deacons included Nelson Agaba, Paul Bamwenzaki, Ponsiono Kwitonda, Bruno Nkwasibwe, Chrispino Mubangizi, Isaac Turinawe, Ambrose Ndinumukiza, Alexander Muhumuza, Brian Niwagaba, Felix Bigiromuhangi, Ronald Niwamumpaire, Selestina Nkamwesiga, Clement Musaby’Imana, and Martin Nkurunziza.
In his sermon at the ordination function, Bishop Rubaramira asked the newly ordained priests and deacons to preach the gospel of peace, repentance and avoid preaching divisible gospel instead of development.
“To you the ordained priests and deacons, please you must serve Christians wholeheartedly without discriminating them, visit and pray for the sick, do not do your own things but rather do things to please the Christ. You must abide to the Catholic Church norms and you must uphold the church vows, the church rules are complicated”, Bishop Rubaramira told ordained priests and deacons.
The Bishop also revealed that if the newly ordained priests are to succeed, they need to use the word of God accordingly as they preach the gospel since it was their call.
Rev. Fr. Nicodemus Mubangizi, who led the ordained priests and deacons, pledged that they will work hard to pray and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, to the areas where they will be deployed.
The function was also attended by among others like the Member of Parliament for Ndorwa East Hon. Wilfred Niwagaba, MP Rubanda west Hon. Kamuntu and Rukiga county MP Hon. Roland Bish.