Klerksdorp, 19 December, 2021 / 8:25 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese has urged the Diocese’s newly ordained Deacon to prioritize the needs of the Church through “the sign of faithful love and also ministerial service”.
In his Thursday, December 16 homily during the Diaconate ordination of Mr. Mitchum Ruthman at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall of the Diocese of Klerksdorp, Bishop Victor Phalana urged the Deacon to embrace simplicity, chastity and obedience, which he said Christ himself embraced when he showed total commitment to His Father’s will.
“We have different vocations and it is the vocation of Mr. Ruthman and his wife to be among us, the sign of faithful love and also ministerial service, putting the needs of the Church first, living the life of simplicity among us” Bishop Phalana said.
The newly ordained Deacon, Bishop Phalana said, would also embrace a life of openness to God’s will.
Addressing the faithful who attended the ordination ceremony, Bishop Phalana said that there is need for the new permanent Deacon to be looked at beyond his human qualities.