Makeni, 15 May, 2023 / 8:38 pm (ACI Africa).
The representative of the Holy Father in Sierra Leone has advised the new Bishop of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Makeni to view his Episcopal consecration as a humble service to the people of God and not a call to “honor.”
In his homily during the Episcopal Ordination of Mons. Bob John Hassan Koroma, Archbishop Walter Erbì also urged the new Bishop to be “a faithful servant, a faithful steward, moderator and guardian of the mysteries of Christ.”
“Consider that you are chosen from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God,” Archbishop Erbì said during the Saturday, May 13 event, adding, “The title of Bishop is one of service, not of honor and therefore a Bishop should strive to benefit others rather than Lord it over them.”
The Apostolic Nuncio in Sierra Leone who also represents the Holy Father in Liberia and The Gambia also urged the new Bishop to be “a father to this Church, the Church of God in Makeni.”
“You are asked now to share with your Church the joy of having been blessed with the gift of paternity for her and with fatherly care to serve her and all her children,” the Italian-born 55-year-old Archbishop said.