The native of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese continued, “Let these messages of unity be in our hearts as the children of God. If we take the messages of Jesus Christ seriously, we can unite this country and the world at large.”
The Cardinal went on to alert the new Bishop about possible opposition during his Episcopal Ministry.
He told the Bishop-elect, “There will be much opposition to what you are doing; there are people among your Priests who will think they are better prepared than you and they don’t understand why this man was chosen to be a Bishop.”
“But the Lord chooses people who will be trusted to work on his strength, wisdom and with his grace which is the power of Christians,” Cardinal Zubeir Wako said during the event that was graced by the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen, Catholic Bishops in South Sudan and Sudan, members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and the Laity, including government officials, and delegates from Catholic Dioceses.
The 81-year-old Cardinal who retired as Archbishop of Khartoum Archdiocese in December 2016 prayed that God help the new Bishop in his “new mission” and asked members of the Clergy in Torit Diocese to “help their Bishop to succeed in his mission.”
Until his appointment as Bishop for Torit Diocese on 8 November 2022, Bishop Napeta had been serving as Parish Priest of St. Matthew’s Cathedral Parish of Khartoum Archdiocese in Sudan.
The native of Torit Diocese where he was born in December 1973 was ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Khartoum in October 2004 after completing his Priestly formation from St. Paul’s Major Seminary in Khartoum.
He holds a Baccalaureate in Educational Sciences and Religious Education and a Licentiate in Education, with a focus on Youth Ministry and Catechetics from the Rome-based Pontifical Salesian University.
Speaking during the January 15 Consecration event, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin of Juba Archdiocese called on members of the Clergy in Torit Diocese to “support the Bishop in the mission of God.”
“To our dear Priests from the Diocese of Torit, here is your Bishop and I would like you to respect him like you respected me to continue with the mission of God,” Archbishop Ameyu said.