Let’s Live Priestly Vocation “24 hours a day, every moment”: Catholic Bishop in Mozambique at Ordination of Priest

Credit: Catholic Diocese of Nacala

Catholic Priests have embraced a fulltime vocation, which they must live, responding to the needs of the people of God under their pastoral care throughout the day, Bishop Alberto Vera Aréjula of the Catholic Diocese of Nacala in Mozambique has said.

In his homily during the April 6 Ordination of Deacon Albertino António to Priesthood, Bishop Aréjula emphasized the need to understand Priestly Ministry as “a vocation that is very different from a profession.”

“A vocation is lived 24 hours a day; it is lived every moment of our lives; it’s not just the vesting of the Alb or the stole that makes us Priests,” the Spanish-born member of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy (Mercedarians) said at Immaculate Heart of Mary Carapira Parish of Nacala Diocese. 

He highlighted the place of witnessing to the Gospel values as important in living the Priestly vocation, saying, “A vocation is continuous and the most important thing about vocation is to prioritize witness, the witness of the Christian life. We have to be examples to others in our Christian living.”

Bishop Aréjula urged Deacon Albertino to make his Priestly ministry one of service in the example of Jesus Christ, emphasizing, “This vocation to the Priesthood is a service; it's a ministry.” 


“All Christians are called to service because our Christian life is a vocation. But within Christians, there are some who are called to be, as St. Paul says, presbyters,” he further said.

The 65-year-old Bishop, who started his Episcopal Ministry in May 2015 as Auxiliary Bishop of Mozambique’s Catholic Diocese of Xai-Xai called upon the Deacon he was about to ordain a Priest to embrace his Priestly “function of guiding and guarding the flock of God.”

“His service will be particularly oriented towards proclaiming God's love and God's words, proclaiming Jesus Christ and serving his brother,” he said about Deacon António, the Priest-elect.

In the face of challenges, the Catholic Church leader assured him of the Lord’s closeness. 

“There will be many difficult moments along the way; but we have the Lord who accompanies us in our joys and difficulties and who will always be with us in our lives,” The Local Ordinary of Nacala Diocese, who doubles as the Liaison Bishop of Caritas Mozambique said.

More in Africa

He also called upon the Priest-elect to count on the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and on the prayers of his parents, and the entire Christian community.

João Vissesse is an Angolan Journalist with a passion and rich experience in Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate.